Disused London tube stations to be turned into conference centres

A London entrepreneur plans to open 26 disused
tube stations and tunnels as conference centres and tourist
attractions.

Former banker
Ajit Chambers told the Evening
Standard
he had lined up £10m in pledges to launch the Old London
Underground Company. The company hopes to transform derelict tunnels, shelters
and stations in plans that Chambers says won’t cost London a penny, but will
bring £200m in investment and
revenues.

Dozens of companies have reportedly approached Chambers
to discuss renting the renovated spaces, which would include Aldwych station
which closed in 1994, the deep BT Holborn complex built in the forties as an air
aid shelter and a site outside Stockwell station.

The London Underground Company has begun formal
collaboration with economic policy and strategy teams for Transport for London and London Underground on the project.

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Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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