The Wonderpass is open!

The Wonderpass entrance one week after its official opening.

The former subway underneath Marylebone Road at Baker Street is finally open as Wonderpass. The official opening took place on 29th January 2016 with participants from TfL, City of Westminster, University of Westminster, Baker Street Quarter, Royal Academy of Music, Bigg Design, and others.

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The boarded-up entrance to the former unloved underpass October 2015

The underpass was originally built in the sixties but had become one of those many unloved underpasses. Others along the same roadway have been filled in leaving just one or two of the very important underpasses. That at Baker Street was one of these hence its rejuvenation as Wonderpass – an experience designed to encourage people to use it instead of the overcrowded and somewhat dangerous road crossings above.

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Marylebone Road Subway closure notice & Wonderpass plans announced on billboards

Wonderpass is just as it says on the label. Its full of interest including factoids, small exhibition windows, peepholes that give snippets of the area’s history. And its painted in a bright red/white colour scheme.

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One of the exhibition modules gives glimpses of London’s early tube history
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Model of Madame Tussauds’ early waxworks
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Wonderpass just wouldn’t be the same without mention of Sherlock!
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#Wonderpass Before / After. A slight difference right? Source: @BakerStreetQ
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Royal Academy Music at the Wonderpass opening. Source: @RoyalAcadMusic
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Wonderpass official opening. Source: @BakerStreetQ
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Wonderpass lollipops! Source @BiggDesign

See here and here for more news of the Wonderpass.

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