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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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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

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