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Legoland bins Northern Rail and backs furious passengers

Northern Rail train removed and binned from Legoland Manchester's 'Mini Land' to reflect events from the region

Published by Alice Sofield at 1:08pm 13th June 2018 (Updated 1:47pm 13th June 2018)

Legoland Discovery Centre bosses have stripped out the Northern Rail train at the centre of ‘Mini Land’ and removed the railway podium from the miniature Lego-built city of Manchester.

This is in acknowledgement of the millions of commuters affected by the current Northern Rail debacle, and the knock-on effect also hitting Northern businesses hard, especially those that depend on customers commuting to Manchester.

Thousands of commuters across Lancashire have been affected by Northern Rail. 

2BR reporter Laura Pratt attempted the journey in the middle of the Northern chaos.

Why strip Northern Rail?

Nearly three in ten (29%) of the attraction’s customer base, live in the most affected areas of Stockport, Warrington, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Bolton and Wigan with footfall decreasing by half from some of those areas 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 that forms part of the Mini Land feature.

	 Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester bosses have stripped out the Northern Rail train from the centre of it's ‘Mini Land’
Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester stripped out Northern Rail and moved lego figures onto platform looking sad and angry

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 cancelations 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.”

Mini Land, the Lego-built miniature city of Manchester contains over 15,583 bricks, each laid by hand and glued into place by Alex Bidolak Master Model Builder and included within the general admissions price. 

For further news on the attractions or to book your tickets at Manchester's Legoland centre.

Tickets start from £11.50.

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