Sunday 3 July 2016

Transport old and new brings London's Regent Street to a standstill

Female driver on horse drawn bus
Image captionRegent Street was split into three sections looking at the past, present and future of transport
Traffic brought one of London's most iconic streets to a standstill - yet for once it was not due to the volume of vehicles on the road.
Regent Street was shut for a festival exploring how public transport in the capital has changed through the ages.
The event saw Tube trains, horse-drawn carriages and old Routemasters parked alongside exhibits exploring how travel will change in the future.
It was organised by Transport for London and the London Transport Museum.
Old Tube train carriage
Image captionTube train carriages are not usually found in the middle of a central London street
Sign on 1920 K type bus
Image captionBuses on display included information boards from the 1920s
1959 routemaster bus
Image captionThe Routemaster bus was recently redeveloped by designer Thomas Heatherwick
Shoes in design of transport seats
Image captionMoquette fabric designs used for public transport seats since the 1920s now influence modern clothing
Taxi from 1948
Image captionA black cab that drove people around in post-war Britain...
People around taxi
Image caption... and the style of the black cab of the future
Man creating map of future London
Image captionDesigners created a map to show how they believe transport in the capital will change in the future
Regent Street
Image captionRegent Street was closed for the day between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street
London Underground roundel created with flowers
Image captionThe London Underground roundel was created out of flower