As I am sure you are all aware, the Post Office has its own private railway that runs under London and it lies abandoned and empty. However, it’s ghostly slumbers may be about to be disturbed.
The Postal Museum near Farringdon station has filed an application to revamp the Mount Pleasant part of the tunnels and open them up to the public.
Long rumoured as part of the wider redevelopment of the area and the museum;s own unrelated expansion plans — the documents were deposited with Islington council a couple of weeks ago.
The planning application, made to the London Borough of Islington, seeks approval for the repurposing of ground level workshops, the car maintenance depot and part of the underground tunnel network around Mount Pleasant, home of the world’s oldest mail centre, allowing public (official) access to the site for the first time in its history.
Under the BPMA’s proposals, the new development will show off this unique and important engineering and transport system. The development will also include the now all too necessary event space for hiring out for meetings and parties.
The application forms part of the BPMA’s project to deliver a new postal museum and archive next to their existing site.
Obviously, any transport or subterranean geek will be deeply excited by the plans which will finally see this long ached for site visits being possible.
I’ve heard rumours of public trips in converted wagons along the tunnels — something which would be exceptional if possible.
In the meantime, there is an exhibition inside the museum about the Mail Rail which will be there for some time to come.
Now, how about digging up bits of the Mail Rail’s pneumatic predecessor?