Vintage railway posters redesigned to urge people to stick to coronavirus lockdown restrictions

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Vintage railway travel posters have been redesigned to encourage people to stick to lockdown rules and avoid travelling to holiday hotspots. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)
Vintage railway travel posters have been redesigned to encourage people to stick to lockdown rules and avoid travelling to holiday hotspots. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)

A series of vintage railway posters have been redesigned as part of efforts to make sure people stick to coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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York’s National Railway Museum (NRM) published the set of 10 images covering popular tourist hotspots like Cornwall, the Norfolk Broads and the Yorkshire coast complete with updated slogans that fit current government advice.

Boris Johnson is expected to lay out a roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions on Sunday, but people are being urged to stick to current rules over the Bank Holiday weekend.

York's National Railway Museum has reworked 10 popular travel posters, adding new slogans. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)
York's National Railway Museum has reworked 10 popular travel posters, adding new slogans. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)
Some of the posters now read: 'Stay Home, Save Lives'. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)
Some of the posters now read: 'Stay Home, Save Lives'. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)

The posters were originally used by railway companies to encourage people to visit beauty spots by train.

But they have been redesigned to fit with the current coroanvirus lockdown, featuring slogans including: “visit when this is all over” and “one day soon, but not today”.

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NRM director Judith McNicol said: “At a time of widespread travel restrictions, we hope that recreating a selection of the most popular travel posters will enable people to enjoy some of their favourite holiday destinations while celebrating the style and glamour of these works of art.

“This is also a way for us to show our support for the nation’s keyworkers, including many of the 115,000 railway workers who are continuing to keep things running during this time.

“While we can’t visit these destinations this bank holiday, we hope that these reimagined posters might raise a smile and give people something to look forward to once the lockdown is lifted.”

The posters are designed to show support for key workers including those working in the rail industry. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)
The posters are designed to show support for key workers including those working in the rail industry. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)
The new posters come just days before Boris Johnson is expected to lay out a roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)
The new posters come just days before Boris Johnson is expected to lay out a roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions. (Picture: National Railway Museum and Science and Society Picture Library/PA Wire)

On Friday, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said “limited moves” to lift the lockdown would be made on Sunday and stressed that social restrictions had not been changed for this weekend.

Dowden told BBC Breakfast: “The situation remains exactly as it has been for several weeks, that is people should be staying at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. That hasn’t changed.

“Once again we have that temptingly sunny bank holiday weekend coming up but please people should not be leaving home except for the limited reasons we’ve already set out.”

His comments are the latest urging people to stay home during what is forecast to be a sunny weekend.

Among authorities giving the same message are Devon and Cornwall Police, which urged people not to break lockdown rules as part of its Think Twice campaign.

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