A Willy Wonka-Inspired Rotating Lift May Revolutionise London’s Tube

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As you may remember, in Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator – the sequel to Roald Dahl’s first Willy Wonka book – the lift goes “up and down, sideways, slantways, and any other way you can think of”. And, like every child’s dream, fiction might just become a reality! The futuristic invention is being built by ThyssenKrupp and may revolutionise the way Londoners are whisked through Tube stations. Yep, you’ve read that right…a Willy Wonka-inspired rotating lift could be on its way to London!

The latest 360-degree elevator design (aptly named ‘Multi’), has been unveiled today at the Future London Underground assembly in the City. The event explored how the Tube network could look in 2025 (which is not actually that far away…eek!) The lift uses multiple motor-powered cabins to move the shafts vertically and horizontally, AND it is able to turn on corners.

The cabins will be on constant loops to let more people inside at once, with one arriving every 15 to 30 seconds – although bets are on as to how often they go on strike or suffer from signal failure. Still, laugh as we may, this new and very exciting invention has been offered as a “potential solution to improve efficiency and mobility in the London Underground network”. Nice work, guys! There won’t, by any chance, happen to be free chocolate in them…will there?


Featured Image Credit: Standard/5WC

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