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Museum reopens after 7.5m revamp
There is a gallery featuring skateboards and bicycles
A museum housing the world's largest collection of British-made cars, motorbikes and bicycles is to re-open after a 7.5m refurbishment.

Attractions at the new look Coventry Transport Museum include a gallery dedicated to cars, cycles and skateboards from the 1980s and 1990s.

The Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund and Coventry City Council helped secure funding.

It is hoped the free attraction will attract 250,000 visitors annually.

'Fantastic heritage'

The museum opens on Thursday following completion of the four-year revamp.

Chairman of the museum's board of directors, Joe Elliott, said: "Coventry was the birthplace of Britain's cycle and car industries and we have hundreds of cars, cycles and motorcycles in the museum.

"These exciting new developments have given us the opportunity to do justice to this fantastic heritage."

Councillor Tony Skipper, City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Sports, said: "The Transport Museum is a magnificent tribute to the many Coventry people who have been employed in vehicle manufacturing over many years.

"It is also the primary collection of its kind in this country. I am pleased that the justified investment currently being made will result in more visitors in the future."

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