Cold-War History in Manchester
The Guardian Underground Telephone Exchange


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 etc.

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 it!"

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 expense

BT are unable to open the site to the public for a variety of reasons mainly concerning safety and security.

26 August 1999

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Last updated 24 January 2000