London Post Office Railway Reopening as a Tourist Attraction in 2020

By Gary Cutlack on at

London's Islington council has approved plays by Royal Mail to turn part of its relatively unknown underground postal railway into a tourist attraction, with letter, train and tunnel nerds able to come together to enjoy travelling a remodelled part of the line by the year 2020.

The public will be able to shuttle along 1km of refreshed postal rail line, that'll start from Royal Mail's old Mount Pleasant sorting office. That particular building has already been approved for conversion into a post office museum, set to open in 2016. The mail rail line will come later, once enough money's been raised to get it refurbished and safe for punters.

It'll be a shallow representation of its former self, though. The line used to cross London from Whitechapel to Paddington, so this 0.6 mile section will only give riders a small idea of what hundreds of mail workers used to endure while sorting post under the city. [BBC]