British Postal Museum & Archive given go ahead to open ‘Mail Rail’ beneath our neighbourhood

The news from Islington Council’s Planning Committee on 10 March at which the Mount Pleasant Association made a deputation objecting to the RMG’s scheme for Mount Pleasant was not all bad.

Later that evening the Committee approved plans put forward by the Royal Mail Museum & Archive to revive a one kilometer section of the disused ‘Mail Rail’ that runs beneath our neighbourhood. The news appears in an article in today’s Guardian.

The plan is part of a much larger proposal to build a truly unique and world-class museum in the heart of our neighbourhood – just the sort of cultural institution members of our community have been calling for in response to the dull-weight of commercially driven development that will surround the museum and permanently blight our neighbourhood.

The museum development is entirely separate from the Mount Pleasant proposal.

The depot at Mount Pleasant, where the engines and cars from across the network were brought for maintenance will be transformed into exhibition and corporate hire space, preserving the industrial appearance of the site. Provided all funding can be secured, we envisage that this phase will open at the same time as The Postal Museum itself at Calthorpe House.

Image courtesy of BPMA

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