UPDATE: It seems like everyone may have got a tad overexcited about this.
Here’s what Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, said: ‘We have a small number of disused stations across our network. In practice, they are still part of our operational railway, and we have no intention of selling them. We are looking into whether parts of any of the sites could be leased to innovative businesses which could bring in additional revenue to be reinvested into the transport network.’
So probably not worth saving up yet then…
Hmm, what to do with all those empty Underground stations? Better get saving those pennies because TfL is preparing to sell them off to the highest bidder.
That’s right, you could get your hands on your very own tube station, well, you can if you’re a company with a few billion to spare (damn it!). Some have been snapped up and transformed already; there’s a herb farm at Clapham North, and Waitrose have swung a deal to offer a service allowing customers to pick up produce from Chalfont & Latimer station too.
Former Barclays executive Ajit Chambers reckons these sites are worth billions and has founded the Old London Underground Company to transform them into profitable businesses without disrupting the tube service. With the backing of investors such as the founder of Vinopolis, Duncan Vaughn-Arbuckle, fingers crossed that London’s ‘ghost’ stations are going to be brought back to life as nightclubs, shops and museums.
Hey tube fans, have you seen this 30 year-old tube map uncovered at Embankment station?