ALL ABOARD - Get in line at the LEGO Bus Stop
Passengers waiting for a bus near Hamleys on Regent Street over the next four weeks should take a close look at the bus shelter - all is not as it appears, this is no ordinary bus stop!
To celebrate Transport for London's (TfL) 'Year of the Bus', LEGO has recreated a full size bus-shelter and bus stop out of LEGO bricks. Passengers are advised not to start counting them - as they might miss their bus - more than 100,000 LEGO bricks were used in this build.
Bus Stop Vital Statistics
- It is built with around 100,000 LEGO Bricks
- It has been created by the UK's only Certified LEGO Professional, Duncan Titmarsh
- It took 14 days to build; -
- The LEGO Bus Stop can be found in Regent Street, London W1 close to Hamleys, from 19 June until 15 July
- The shell and installation has been provided by Trueform.
The bus network is part of the fabric of London, providing a vital role in the city for residents, commuters and visitors.
2014 marks a number of important bus-related anniversaries including the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster and 75th anniversary of the RT-type bus.
It's also 100 years since hundreds of London buses were sent to the Western Front to play a crucial role during the First World War.
The bus stop has been installed ahead of one of the key events being celebrated during the 'Year of the Bus' - the 'Regent Street Bus Cavalcade' - which takes place on Sunday 22 June and will see fifty buses from the earliest horse-drawn model of the 1820s right up to the New Routemasters of today.
The event will allow visitors free, unprecedented access to the most celebrated London buses of the last 185 years.
Emma Owen, PR Manager at LEGO comments: "LEGO is all about stretching your imagination and using bricks to build whatever your mind desires - there are no limits! We hope visitors to Regent Street enjoy this fantastic build, it truly shows that with LEGO you can build anything!"
Leon Daniels, TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport, said: "We are delighted to team up with LEGO and Trueform to offer our passengers a bit of fun on their journey. Many thousands of people pass along Regent Street each day and we hope the new shelter will bring a smile to the face of even a hardened commuter."
Jonathan Morley, Group Managing Director, Trueform added: "Trueform are delighted to be able to support Transport for London and the Year of the Bus initiative. As the manufacturers and installers of TfL's non advertising bus shelters, we are pleased to have been able to assist in this exciting and innovative LEGO bus shelter project.
Year of the Bus
- Images available here https://www.flickr.com/photos/tflpress/sets/72157644852050587/
- Throughout 2014, TfL - working in partnership with London Transport Museum - is hosting a number of engaging events, exhibitions, recreations and other activities aimed at re-connecting Londoners with their bus network and reminding the world of the role that London buses, the bus drivers and the staff who support them, play in keeping this great city moving 24 hours a day throughout the year. For further information log on to www.tfl.gov.uk/yearofthebus and www.ltmuseum.co.uk
- Buses are a vital daily service for millions and one that is very local, with the vast majority of Londoners (95 per cent) never more than 400 metres from a bus stop. Buses link homes to jobs, schools and hospitals in every part of the capital. They are the backbone, and often the forgotten workhorses, of London's transport network
- Trueform Engineering are Transport for London's (TfL) contractor responsible for the supply, installation and maintenance of bus stops, shelters and roadside Real Time Bus Information signs called 'Countdown'. They have been working for and behalf of TfL since 1993 providing design, development, manufacturing, installation and maintenance services, including 24 hour emergency cover 365 days a year.