By Geoff Courtney
The Postal Museum has confirmed that its eagerly-awaited and innovative subterranean Mail Rail visitor attraction in central London is to open in July, with tickets expected to be on sale from this month.
The ride will take visitors 70ft beneath the streets on a reopened stretch of the former Post Office Underground Railway that carried millions of letters and parcels each day between Paddington in west London and Liverpool Street and Whitechapel Road in the east.
It will be the first time members of the public have been allowed to ride on the railway, which was the world’s first driverless electric line.
Passengers will board newly-built battery-powered trains at the railway’s former maintenance and repair depot at the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site in Clerkenwell, near King’s Cross station, and from there will travel on nearly a mile of the line, which closed 14 years ago.
The ride will include a stop at the platforms of the original Mount Pleasant station – one of eight stations which in the railway’s operational days handled mail from central London sorting offices – where the passengers will enjoy an audio visual display giving an insight into how the line kept post on the move for 22 hours a day.
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