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Brompton Road tube station back in business?

Posted at 7:00 am, November 18, 2011 in News

It’s come to our attention that Aldwych isn’t the only ‘ghost station’ about to be given an airing. Ever noticed that the stretch between Knightsbridge and South Kensington is marginally longer than the other station intervals on the Piccadilly Line? Well you’d be right, because therein lies the abandoned Brompton Road station. Gone, but not forgotten- this station closed its doors to the public in 1934 but businessman Ajit Chambers now has his eye on it. He’s in talks with TFL, the Mayor and the station’s official owners, The MOD, to transform the cavernous bunker into a permanent tourist attraction. Although he’ll need to dig deep to reach the £17 million it’s estimated to cost, we suspect it’ll go down a treat with our fellow London obsessives. Even without the proposed roof top restaurant and subterranean climbing wall, there’s the irresistible draw of its haunting proximity to a plague pit, not to mention its role as a WWII command centre where Hitler’s righthand man Rudolph Hess was interrogated in 1941. Chambers is hoping to open for business in time for the Olympics, when Londoners will no doubt be glad of an underground hideaway that doesn’t involve awkward armpit contact. Unless you get particularly cosy on the climbing wall, that is. Kirsty McQuire

For more info, see Theoldlondonunderground.com.

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