LEGO® builds Tube maps past, present and future to celebrate 150 years of London Underground
London Underground is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and LEGO has marked the occasion by recreating five Tube Maps made entirely out of LEGO bricks that will be displayed in major London Underground stations throughout the summer months.
The five LEGO Tube maps show how the network has evolved over the years starting from 1927 through to the future, 2020.
From today, these LEGO maps will be displayed in ticket halls of major London Underground stations.
LEGO Tube Map - the vital statistics:
• Each map is made up of over 1000 LEGO bricks
• The LEGO Tube Maps measure 140cm x 100cm
• Each map took four days to build
• Created by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK’s only Certified LEGO Professional - there are only 13 in the world!
Where are they?
The LEGO Tube maps will be on display in the unpaid side of ticket halls at four stations*, for all to see.
These can be seen at the following London Underground stations:
• South Kensington - 1927 map
• Piccadilly Circus - 1933, Harry Beck’s original map
• Green Park - 1968 map
• Stratford* - 2013 map
• King’s Cross St. Pancras - 2020 map including Crossrail, the proposed Croxley Rail Link, and the proposed Northern Line Extension
Mike Ashworth, Design and Heritage Manager at London Underground, said: ’LEGO have done a wonderful job of recreating our internationally recognized Tube map.
’I’m sure our customers of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy looking at the five different LEGO maps that show the history and development of the Underground.
’The Tube network, like the famous Underground map, has constantly evolved to support London’s growth and prosperity.
’The 2020 map at King’s Cross St. Pancras shows the new stations and rail links we want to deliver - we hope this fun LEGO map will inspire the young engineers of the future to help deliver our vision.’
Emma Owen, PR Manager at LEGO UK, commented: ’We are delighted to be part of London Underground’s celebrations by building the iconic Tube Map with iconic LEGO bricks.
’With LEGO you can build anything your imagination desires - from a simple tower to a London Tube map that helps people plan their journey around London!’
Pick up a leaflet at these stations where you will find details on how to build your own London Underground logo or ’roundel’ out of LEGO bricks.
The LEGO Tube Maps will be on display in London Transport Museum later in the year.
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