On July 1st, visitors to Tottenham Court Road station may have been forgiven for thinking they had inadvertently been transported to the land of maple syrup, mounties and unyielding politeness. Customers at the station were treated to the sight – and sounds – of the UK cast of the hit West End musical, Come from Away. The reason? Well, July 1st is Canada Day and Transport for London invited the cast of the Canadian musical to come and celebrate Canada’s national day at Tottenham Court Road – just a stone’s throw away from the Phoenix Theatre where the show is currently being staged. In addition to the live performance and in the spirit of the musical, TfL added it’s own ‘pay-it-forward’ moment. They gifted 500 free trips to lucky passengers on the day.
Transport for London, in association with Shine Creative Solutions, commissioned Links Signs to print and install a number of promotional graphics at the station. The graphics take the form of colourful vinyl column wraps, floor graphics and stand-alone posters. They each promote the musical, as well as celebrating Canada Day itself. Our Production team were able to print the graphics in a very short timeframe. Once ready, our crack team of Installers set about fitting out TCR the night before the big day.
Come From Away is a multiple Olivier and Tony award-winning Canadian musical. It’s the story of 7,000 air passengers, from all over the world, grounded in Canada following the 9/11 tragedy. At it’s heart, it’s the tale of the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives. It’s a celebration of hope, humanity and unity and the abiding friendships that were formed.
Were you at Tottenham Court Road to hear the cast singing a medley of songs from the musical? Perhaps you’re a Canadian, far from home, who got to experience a little slice of Canada, right in the heart of London. Either way, we hope you had a fantastic Canada Day!
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A pleasure to work with Links again on such a poignant programme. Delivering amazing high quality. Very much looking forward to working together again in the future.Robert Varney – Engagement Officer (North) & TfL Charities Scheme Manager
Links Signs took on the challenge to provide the awards for the first Transport for London Supplier Awards. Using products and materials that are supplied to TfL for our station signage, Links created very impressive plaques for our winners and runners up. Throughout the production process Links kept TfL up to date with images, delivery schedule and were always on hand to clarify any queries. We look forward to working with them again next year.Amanda Green – Transport for London
Link Signs provide a first class service throughout the design, production and delivery process. I worked closely with the team on a high profile project, with requirements changing on a sometimes daily basis. Links Signs went and above and beyond to meet our requirements and surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend and endorse working with Link Signs.Catherine Villegas – Project Manager, Transport for London
The team at Links Signs provide unfailing support and flexibility, which enables us to develop ambitious schemes and be confident of the highest quality results. Working with them has transformed the way we approach our exhibition design.Catherine Harvey – Hastings Museum Office & Keeper of World Art
Links Signs successfully managed a complex project overseeing the manufacture and installation of 48 panels to create a bespoke mural on the Transport for London (TfL) owned bridge and the station entrance at Northwood Hills station. Links ensured not only that all the technical and engineering requirements of TfL were met but also that the extensive colour hues specified by mural artists Gordon Collett and Cosmo Sarson were achieved. The finished result is wonderful, as summed up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson when he visited ‘My God, it’s beautiful! Did we do this? The murals – they’re sensational!’ He added: ‘I think it’s all fantastic, really imaginative. I’m very proud.’Helena Webster – Town Centre Improvements Team Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon
Links Signs are experienced, professional and offer great value for money. I know I am in safe hands when I am working with them.Mariam Zulfiqar – Freelance Curator