Sometimes when a school needs some extra rooms, they might put up a portacabin, but one primary school has chosen to use a tube train.

Burleigh Primary School in Cheshunt has applied for planning permission to install a former District Line train next to a building and convert it into a small classroom.

The planning application shows a single carriage being installed, with a small “train station” type shed at one end for access to the converted railway carriage.

Head teacher Garry Virtue told the Hertfordshire Mercury: “We happened to have a governor who works for London transport and they have surplus stock that we might be able to have.”

If permission is granted the carriage would be installed in the summer.


It’s a novel use for old London Underground carriages, although not the first time they have been converted into other uses, such as the old tube trains turned into offices in Shoreditch.


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  1. Ed says:

    Hope it in a shady area…otherwise going to be like being in a oven in the summer sun.

  2. Sykobee says:

    It’ll be more robust than a portacabin, and as brick buildings are probably not an option due to budgets, and for a very long time as well, this is probably a good idea. Maybe TfL can offload more unwanted carriages this way…

  3. And I imagined the class taking place in a tube train going round the Circle line…

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