Mail Rail is no-go area for royal visitor

Princess Anne, who has shown a real interest in railway preservation over many years and is no stranger to heritage lines, will be unable to view the innovative
Mail Rail underground attraction in central London when she visits the site on June 13 due to safety concerns.

Train of thought: A view from a Mail Rail train that will soon be experienced by members of the public for the first time. In the distance is Mount Pleasant station, where trains will stop to allow passengers to view an audio visual display.

Mail Rail is part of a £26 million project at the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant centre in Clerkenwell, near King’s Cross station, which also includes the construction of a major postal museum.
The Queen’s daughter will visit the museum to perform what the official royal family website of future engagements listed as an ‘opening’, although a museum spokeswoman said she would not carry out a formal ceremony as the facility would not be actually opening to the public for a further six weeks.
In addition, due to health and safety requirements, the princess won’t be opening or indeed even visiting Mail Rail on the opposite side of the road to the museum, as the site is still under construction.

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