Under pressure from commuter groups and following a pledge from Network Rail to improve the nation’s worst train stations, toy maker Hasbro today unveiled plans to upgrade the four stations that appear on its best-selling board game Monopoly.
‘Times have changed,’ said a spokesman for the company. ‘The black silhouetted picture of a steam engine, signifying steady progress and reliable workmanship, is no longer in keeping with the 21st century experience of travelling by train.’ Instead the stations will now carry the image of a single graffiti-covered carriage, the faces of miserable commuters just visible through the grime-caked windows.
The move has also required changes to the ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ cards to reflect advances in public transport. One now reads ‘Pay £600 for an off-peak single to Manchester’, while another instructs the player to ‘Advance to Go, but slowly, and via all four stations using the new replacement bus service’.