Plans to turn Crystal Palace’s hidden subway into ‘cultural venue’ due in the spring

PUBLISHED: 12:54 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 26 September 2017

Crystal Palace subway opened to visitors twice in September

Crystal Palace subway opened to visitors twice in September


It follows thousands of visitors flocking to the subway earlier this month

Plans to turn Crystal Palace’s hidden subway into a new ‘cultural venue’ could be accepted by next year.

Lying underneath Crystal Palace Parade, the subway was an entrance to the Crystal Palace, once the world’s largest glass structure, before it was destroyed by fire in 1936.

Since the demolition of its adjoining railway station in 1961, the subway has sat relatively unused, until the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway got together in 2010 and began fundraising for its restoration.

More than 4,000 people visited the subway on two open days this month via an entrance funded by the group, as both the council and the friends group look toward more frequent openings.

In July Bromley council finalised its Crystal Palace Park Regeneration Plan, which mentions its long terms plans for the subway, ruling out the possibility of a new Crystal Palace being built nearby, a proposal that previously been knocked back in 2013.

The plan reads: “The subway as a standalone structure is difficult to manage and develop a long term future for. By joining the subway with another structure it creates new opportunities for a sustainable future.”

It adds that the possibility of a new Crystal Palace would cause “unappreciated issues for the neighbouring TV transmitter, the largest in London serving 20m people.”

A spokesperson from Bromley council has revealed: “The outline planning application for this scheme will be submitted in early spring and is fully supported by the friends group.”

Treasurer of the friends group Jules Hussey added: “We have open days planned for the end of this year, including plans for a Christmas market and an event around Armistice Day.

“Our long term plan is for the subway to host more cultural activities, I know there are hopes to build a museum alongside with the subway.

“I’ve been talking with local shops and restaurants since the Heritage Open Day and Open House London, both days brought a lot of different people into the town and the park, if we can keep running events and improving the subway then more people will come to the park and the town.”

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