It may surprise you that beneath Lonon there is another train line which used to transport letters rather than people around the city. The line was first built in 1927 and it ran from Whitechapel to Paddington until operation ended in 2003.
In 1885 the Post Office's secretary Rowland Hill proposed that underground tube networks could be utilised to transport London city's mail. Hill envisaged that the line would connect the Post Office's Headquarters to Holborn's post office. At the beginning of the 19th century these plans were put into action as congested roads meant that the postal service was experiencing long delays. The propsoal outlined that the railway would be 70 feet below the ground along six and a half miles of tunneling. These tunnels were also used in the First World War to protect art treasures belonging to the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Gallery. In 1990 a new automated computer controlled rail system was installed on the tracks delivering more than six million mail bags each year. As it approached the 21st century, the declining use of the line meant that it was too expensive to run.
89 years on, the line will now be open for business and it is expected to be one of London's most popular tourist attractions. New rolling stock was lowered into the tunnels last month for the first time in four decades. This video provides an insight into the new 15 minute ride that will be available to the public next year.
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