Local "Mystery Spot" - The Old Brightland Tunnels
Part of the massive construction for an underground train system in the post war boom times, the Brightland Tunnels now lie, dark and abandoned, on the North side of town.
Continued seismic activity during the last 4 decades has weakened the tunnel structures to such a point that they've been declared unfit for purpose, but this has done little to reduce thier poplarity as a spot for the unwanted or those trying to hide out in the city.
Split into several distinct areas, the main entrance to the tunnel is the favoured night time hangout of many youngsters. 'The Cave' as it's known is a contrete maw nearly 30 meters high and twice as wide. Tracks decend into the darkness and the platforms here designed for hundreds of pasengers lie cracked and covered in graffiti. The waiting rooms have long since been reduced to twisted metal and the stairs that lead from the platforms are nearly invisible under the litter that swamps them.
The next area is known as the Shambles, a badly ventilated set of smalelr train tunnels that provides shelter for many rough sleepers. The ceilings of these tunnels are swung with hammocks and netting to keep people off the rat infested sludge below.
Beyond the shambles the walls close in as entire sections of the Tunnels have collapsed, leaving the area known as the Catacombs. The only way to progress deeper is through the tiny crawlspaces left between rubble or to try to navigate the maintenance pipes and power conduits. These dark places are cold and forgotten, out of sight and mind.
Once in a while though a group of kids get drunk enough to decide to explore, or one too many of the forgotten folks down there go missing in the stygian darkness ...
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