|REPLY TO THE SITE
FROM BT MANCHESTER
For general info having scanned through your site:
1. The exchange is still used as a secure cable route -
avoids digging up the city.
2. It is over 200' deep and is unaffected by foundations
3. All equipment is largely intact except for the
telephone exchange elements which were removed to comply
with EEC legislation regarding some of their components (about
3 years ago)
4. "was particularly surprised to see the
piano and pool table in the recreation room. They were
planning to have quite a relaxing time sitting out
Armageddon down there!"
Don't forget we had Power Engineers working down there
until 1997 -this was their rest room!
5. "The people of Manchester paid a great deal of
money for the construction of this bunker, they were
given no choice in the matter, it was built without their
knowledge and it was obsolete before it was completed,
for these reasons I believe we should be given access to
In actual fact I believe that it wasn't paid for by the
British Government let alone Manchester - it was largely
paid for by NATO which in those days meant America. Since
then it has been maintained at the Post Office/BT's
BT are unable to open the site to the public for a
variety of reasons mainly concerning safety and security.
26 August 1999
If anyone reading this has any more information on the
underground installations in Manchester please email me
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