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The London Transport Museum is located off of the Piazza Covent Garden. Opened in 1980 by HRH Princess Ann, the aim of the museum is to not only trace the fascinating story of transport in London through its many fine displays, but also to demonstrate to visitors the direct link between the development of the transport system and the growth of London in to the dynamic city it is today. In doing this they have created an interesting and fun visitor attraction suitable for all the family.

London Transport Museum

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An exhibition that goes by the name of The Birth of London Transport, explains how London’s first public transport system was first introduced in 1829, how the use of horse drawn vehicles developed, the introduction of trams and trolley-buses, plus the move from horse power to electrically powered vehicles. On display is an example of the world’s earliest motor bus from 1911, one of only two remaining in existence, and then on to the development of the famous London Double Decker.

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The museum explores how life has changed for both commuters and those who worked within the transport industry over the past 200 years or so, then moves on to modern projects and how they are expected to develop in the future. There is also an interesting comparison between London’s transport system and that in the cities of Delhi in India, New York in the USA, Shanghai in China, and finally Tokyo in Japan.

On display are all sorts of memorabilia such as posters, tickets, and uniforms. It is possible to sit in some of the vehicles, which can add greatly to a visit. There are buttons to press, wheels to spin, and even a couple of simulators where you can experience what it would be like to drive a bus or a tube train. If you live in London or visit London on a regular basis, enquire about an annual pass, which is excellent value.

People who are considering visiting the museum should not make the mistake of thinking that because the exhibits are old, the museum itself is not up to date. For although it opened in 1980, since then it was closed, and after an extensive refurbishment costing 22 million pounds it opened again in 2007 having installed up to date audio-visual and interactive displays to bring the displays to life.

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