Could London’s Disused Train Tunnels be Transformed into Cycle Highways?

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“Anything is possible,” Mulcahey continued. “Our vision for the London Underline relies on infrastructure that’s already in place. We’d like to bring it back to life.”

Soon, all Londoners will be able to roam underground the city without having to deal with the hustling upstairs.  The Underline will move millions of people around the British capital every day in the safest possible way. In fact, in the past, it acted as a giant air raid shelter during World War II, according to cnn.com.

Pavegen technology, which transforms footsteps into kinetic energy, would help power electricity and WiFi networks in the tunnels, the company said. On top of all this, Underline could provide the added benefit of helping to reduce accidents involving cyclists on the road. There were 489 cycle incidents classed as fatal and serious in London in 2013, according to cnn.com.

“Our concept proposes re-purposing underutilized infrastructure to provide quick links between existing tube stations and key London landmarks and destinations,” said Ian Mulcahey, managing director of Gensler London, the architecture and design firm behind the idea.

London Underline won the award for best conceptual project at the London Planning Awards and proposes transforming disused tube tunnels into a network of underground pathways will reduce the pressure on the city’s bustling streets, stated bbc.com.

“What we are saying with the London Underline is that we need to look at all the spaces that currently exist within cities, and ask ourselves: ‘Are we using them in the best way that we can?’ If not, what else could we do?” reported Ian Mulcahey.