Historic Glenfield Tunnel opens

One of the world's first steam train tunnels, which runs beneath the streets of Leicester, is being opened up to the public to explore. The Glenfield Tunnel was built between 1829 and 1832.

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Archive shots of tunnel released at reopening event

Images of a railway tunnel built almost 200 years ago have gone on show as part of its grand reopening.

The mile-long Glenfield Tunnel, which runs beneath Leicester, has been restored thanks to a £500,000 project to make it safe for the public again.

The tunnel at Glenfield when it first opened Credit: ITV News Central

The first guided tour of visitors was taken into the historic tunnel today.

Construction of the tunnel began in 1829. It was originally used to transport coal along the now-defunct Leicester to Swannington Railway, but fell into disrepair after closing in 1966.

The view out of Glenfield Tunnel when it first opened Credit: ITV News Central

Visitors walk into darkness at now-defunct train tunnel

Visitors to Leicester's Glenfield Tunnel have walked into the darkness of the historic structure.

The tunnel, built in the early 1800s, was originally used to transport coal but fell into disrepair after being shut down in 1966.

View down the Glenfield Tunnel Credit: ITV News Central

After hundreds of thousands of pounds was ploughed into making it safe for the public, visitors are now being given a guided tour of the tunnel.

Visitors see into the historic tunnel Credit: ITV News Central

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Visitors prepare to walk through historic tunnel

Visitors are now able to stroll through the now-defunct Leicester-Swannington Railway tunnel and discover the history behind the historic structure.

The Glenfield Tunnel, built in the early 1800s, runs for a mile beneath Leicester's streets and has been closed since 1966.

Visitors get their hi-vis vests ready to go into the tunnel Credit: ITV News Central

David Lyne, from the Leicester Industrial Historical Society gave the group a guided tour of the tunnel, explaining its history and the project which has brought it back to life.

Leicester City Council bought it for just £5, and spent £500,000 restoring its crumbling walls to meet safety standards.

Visitors head into the tunnel Credit: ITV News Central
David Lyne from the Leicester Industrial Historical Society is giving the guided tour Credit: ITV News Central

Historic Leicester steam tunnel opens to visitors

One of the world's first steam train tunnels which runs beneath the streets of Leicester is to open to visitors to explore.

The mile-long Glenfield Tunnel, built between 1829 and 1832, was used to transport coal on the Leicester to Swannington Railway but fell into disrepair after closing in 1966.

A steam train pulls up to station Credit: ANDREW MILLIGAN/PA

Part of the tunnel collapsed in the early 1970s, and major structural flaws were found in safety checks during the 2000s.

Now, after a £500,000 restoration project to strengthen the tunnel's crumbling walls, the Grade II-listed heritage structure is able to welcome visitors once again.

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