London museum to close for major revamp

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The downturn in visitor numbers this year is being used to its advantage at the London Bus Museum, reports Nick Larkin

One of Britain’s best-known bus museums is closing from Monday 2 November for a major revamp. The London Bus Museum has been based at its current home for the past ten years, with a purpose-built facility on the Brooklands Museum site in Surrey.

“Since we opened the mix of our visitors has changed greatly, the bus enthusiast has dwindled being replaced by the family with many more children. It’s hardly surprising as it’s rare to see someone standing outside a bus garage ‘spotting’ numbers as it was in the 1950s, ’60s and even the ’70s,” said museum spokesman Deryck Fill.

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“Returning visitors expect to see something different and it has been our intention for some time to create more flexibility in our displays, but a major overhaul would require a temporary closure of the Museum. With the necessary visitor restrictions due to Covid-19 and the inevitable fall in visitor numbers over the winter months, this seemed a good opportunity to go ahead with the remodelling.”

Plans include a railway roundhouse-style ‘central hub’ of buses featuring everything from a horse bus to DDA compliant WVL Volvo, a roadway and a display of service vehicles. Some buses will be stored elsewhere on the Brooklands Museum premises and others moved off site while the work takes place.

The museum still intends to operate bus rides at weekends and school holidays throughout the closure period. Further information can be found at www.londonbusmuseum.com or by calling 01932 837994.

 

Major changes are set to happen at the London Bus Museum. LBM
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