Legoland joins the growing army of disaffected rail commuters.
According to Manchester Evening News – Legoland Discovery Centre has decided to join the long list of detractors in order to show support and solidarity to the growing numbers of disaffected local rail commuters. Indeed, things are getting so bad for Northern Rail that not even the Lego version of their trains are working.
The bosses at Legoland Manchester have decided to strip out the Northern Rail Train from the Centre of its Mini Land and also removed the railway podium from the miniature Manchester Lego city. They say “Mini Land is dedicated to everything that’s great about Manchester – and at the moment, Northern Rail is not.”
Legoland – a family attraction, has joined the likes of Mayor Andy Burnham & rock star Mick Jagger by making fun of the ongoing Northern Rail crisis. The company wanted to highlight that not only have thousands of commuters been affected but that this has also affect Northern businesses – like theirs.
Customers who attend the centre live in the most affected areas such as Warrington, Liverpool, Bolton & Wigan and Lego bosses say that the footfall from these places is down by almost 50% in the last 8 weeks.
The decision to remove the blue and purple brick-built train carriages from Mini Land, was made on over-hearing visitors’ comments about the Northern Rail train on the Lego-built railway tracks.
Jenn McDonough, general manager Manchester Cluster Merlin Entertainments, said: “The shift in visitor patterns marries with the Northern Rail change to timetables and surge of cancellations and delays.
“As a northern business, we depend on visitors from neighbouring areas, and I know we’re not alone. Northern Rail’s ongoing problems are such that it’s impacting on business.
“The suggestion from staff that the Northern train should be removed from the attraction, we feel, reflects events from the region. Mini Land is a dedication, in Lego form, of what’s great about Manchester, and the north west, today.”
Alex Bidolak a Master Model Builder, built the miniature city of Manchester using 15,583 bricks, each laid by hand and glued into place.