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The Cred Street Carousel is no longer running due to the Driving School attraction, and has been covered up.
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4th March 2006An artist's impression of the Driving School. Amongst other things, it shows the car wash and the CrowNav. Note that the layout resembles the current Vintage Cars ride in terms of an indoor section.
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4th March 2006Another artist's impression of what can be expected - here you can see the lollipop lady and the zebra crossing (with hedgehogs, naturally).
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A digger has appeared on the Vintage Cars track.
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The track will be removed as it will not be needed for the driving school.
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A closeup on the area where the digger is situated.
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This sign on the fence announces the attraction to visitors.
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The Hex Disabled entrance, which will need to be re-routed.
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Looking down the Hex disabled entrance path.
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The Fabulous Toyshop, which has been unused for several years, will be converted into a Peugeot showroom as part of the sponsorship deal.
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This Peugeot was sat outside the Cred Street Theatre, complete with "Tussauds Group" logo on the bonnet.
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The lower end of Cred Street is now completely closed off.
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Peering through the fence, you can see all the paving bricks that have been removed, stacked up.
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Spot anything missing from this photo?
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The answer is the Cred Street Carousel, which used to be situated where the patch of soil is on this photo.
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Looking closer at the former Vintage Cars area.
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Work has been carried out next to what was the Hex disabled entrance.
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A large skip sat outside the building that used to be the Fabulous Toyshop.
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The Toyshop sign has not yet been removed.
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Looking at the area outside the Toyshop.
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From the top of the Towers, looking towards the fenced-off section of Cred Street.
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Looking down towards the end of Cred Street, you can see the fence surrounding the construction site has been decorated.
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A less "Word Art"-esque sign now informs guests of what's to come.
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Some more road signs on the fence.
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More decoration on the fence.
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Looking towards where the Fabulous Toyshop used to be.
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Not much has changed on this side of the site.
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Looking over towards where the major work has been done so far.
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Looking across at where the Cred Street Carousel used to be.
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You'll note that the Fabulous Toyshop sign has been removed since our last visit.
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The front of the building has effectively been removed, as this will be turned into the Peugeot showroom as part of the sponsorship deal.
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Looking down towards the gingerbread house.
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Looking closer at the vehicles on-site.
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The Sweet Shop, which was only open sporadically in recent years.
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At the far end of the site, you can see the changes that have been made.
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You can see footers in this shot - possibly for the "CrowNav"?
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A closer look at the gingerbread house, which will be utilised again - you can see the track in the foreground goes inside, just like the old Vintage Cars circuit.
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Freshly-laid tarmac at the bottom of Cred Street.
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In the middle of the track sections, you can see an old piece of Vintage Cars theming that has yet to be removed.
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More vehicles on site. The gingerbread house in the distance is to be redecorated for the new theme, if the concept art is anything to go by.
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The circuit heads towards where the Cred Street Carousel used to be - hence why it needed to be removed. The tarmac has not yet been laid here.
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The bare patch of land where the Carousel was sited.
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More work has been done in the area next to the archway that joins Fountain Square to Cred Street.
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Not much activity on-site today: the contractors are usually only brought in on weekdays.
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A lone workman touches up the front of what will become the "car showroom" building.
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Inside, little has changed in the last few weeks.
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The showroom interior is looking a lot tidier now, though.
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You can see that more kerbs have been put in place, outlining the circuit.
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The steamroller sits motionless on the far side of the construction site.
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Around the back, we take a closer look at the newer parts of the circuit.
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This section of tarmac was poured several weeks ago.
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No theming has yet been added to this island.
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It's very likely that these trees will stay in place, hence the barriers.
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A close look to where the road heads into the "tunnel", formerly the gingerbread house. The arch on the right has been heightened to match the door on the left.
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Looking across the site. There's evidently lots of work still to do.
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More tarmac has been poured, as you can see to the right of this photo.
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More parts of the circuit have been poured.
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Part of the Gingerbread House has been repainted blue, we assume the rest will follow.
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A new structure has appeared over part of the track. Note also that the previously-yellow wall behind it has been repainted white.
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This could be a starting light gantry, or perhaps just a small bridge.
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This could possibly be the "pits" area for storing unused cars.
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The last sections of the circuit have now got kerbs, and are nearly ready for the tarmac to be poured.
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Brick paving surrounding this section of the circuit have been removed for the time being.
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The rest of the old Gingerbread House has been painted blue now, and the facade to the left of the photo is also looking much more vibrant.
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To the left of this photo you can see what looks like a roundabout.
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Not much has changed at this end of the circuit.
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Some of the old Vintage Cars theming is still in place, awaiting removal.
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Looking from the Vintage Cars area towards where the Cred Street Carousel used to be.
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Another look at the structure that appeared recently.
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A full view of the newly-repainted Gingerbread House.
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If you compare this shot to the identical one taken on April 19th, you can see just how much has changed since then.
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Looking towards the archway into Fountain Square, past the steel structure that appeared a week or so ago.
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A mini Peugeot 207 in storage.
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Some bendy traffic cones also in storage.
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With the proposed opening date of July 17th only 4 weeks away, the construction site is really starting to take shape.
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A new speaker has been attached to the wall of the old Sweet Shop, presumably for the attraction's soundtrack, or maybe for sound effects as kids drive around.
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The metal frame has now been covered - speculation suggests this could be the car wash section.
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A closer look at the structure which covers a small part of the circuit.
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A bridge is being constructed to allow guests to get from Fountain Square into Cred Street through the archway, rather than having to go the long way around.
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A closer look at the steps on one side of the incomplete bridge.
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And here's the other side. The bridge will probably double up nicely as a viewing platform for parents watching their children enjoy the ride.
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More progress has been made since our last update.
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Traffic lights have appeared all around the circuit.
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The bridge connecting the lower end of Cred Street with Fountain Square is now complete. Note also the pole which will be part of the zebra crossing.
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Speed limit signs next to the bubble wash, which has a tortoise motif on it.
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Inside what used to be the Sweet Shop, you can see the decor includes more signs. This is likely to be where kids will get their briefing before heading out onto the circuit.
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A closer look at the sign at the far end of the site, and the bubble wash.
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Another look at the direction signs.
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Looking over to the old Gingerbread house, you can see the "CrowNav" under construction.
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Next to the CrowNav, you can see what will be a "foam wash".
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A close-up on the incomplete CrowNav.
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Mirroring similar shots taken in the last few months, here's another look at the construction site from the top of the Towers.
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The cars, fully decorated, are shown in action in this publicity shot.
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The area is looking even closer to completion now.
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These three models have been delivered: a zebra, some hedgehogs, and the Lollipop Lady. Comparing this photo with this concept art shows how closely they resemble the initial drawings.
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A close-up on the zebra.
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And a look at the hedgehogs.
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The bendy traffic cones we saw on June 16th are now on-site.
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Another look at the cones.
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Looking inside the briefing room, you can just about make out a sign on the wall saying "No Bumping".
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Painting of the bridge has begun.
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The sides and the handrail are brown, while the steps themselves have not yet been painted or otherwise covered.
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The view you'll get coming from Fountain Square and heading over the bridge into the rest of Cred Street.
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A look from the opposite side of the construction site.
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Road markings now totally cover the circuit.
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The Car Wash building, aka the old Gingerbread House, now has signage up. No further work has yet been done to the CrowNav.
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The Bubble Wash has more kerbing around it now, and the signage has been decorated further.
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A look at this side of the construction site.
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The signs that were previously on the fence around the site have now reappeared on the wall near the Bubble Wash.
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The wrapping has come off the Lollipop Lady.
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The hedgehogs and the zebra have also had their covers removed. Note the five mini-207's in the background.
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The legs of the CrowNav have been painted, and a new object has appeared nearby.
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Another look at the Car Wash and CrowNav.
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Speakers are now appearing inside the ride circuit.
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This is where the "broken" Vintage Car used to sit.
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You can see some of the decoration inside the Car Wash building.
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A worker puts the finishing touches to the bridge that connects Cred Street and Fountain Square.
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More pieces of theming have arrived on site. The Driving School is almost ready to open to the public!
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The bendy traffic cones are all now in place, forming the slalom section of the circuit.
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In the middle of a roundabout is a snake with a sign for a face!
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The car wash has now been decorated with a blue and white pattern.
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You can also see that turf has been laid on this island.
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A look inside the car wash building, formerly the Gingerbread House.
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Looking towards the car wash. Notice the random signs that have appeared.
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Another look at the snake in the middle of the roundabout.
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Everything seems complete at this end of the circuit.
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A close-up look at the sign above the circuit.
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Some tyres have also appeared on site.
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A new sign has gone up, due to the Hex wheelchair entrance having been re-routed.
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March 4th 2006Vintage Cars, which is now confirmed as being converted into the Peugeot Driving School over the next few months.
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March 16th 2006Preparation for the Driving School - barriers have been put in place for the fire exits and disabled route to Hex, and a fire exit from the Cred Street Playground.
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February 10th 2007...and replaced with new 3D models, similar in style to those used in the Driving School.
   
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