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Underground Sydney Tunnels To Be Turned Into Bars

The hundred-year-old tunnels and railway platforms, which have sat unused beneath Sydney for decades, will be the focus of an audacious plan to reinvigorate the city's nightlife.

The tunnels will be offered to an international market with the hope buyers will turn them into bars, restaurants and retail spaces, much like already found in place like London and Paris.

"What we want to see is a vibrant location, an internationally recognised location," NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.

"For people to be able to come and venture into the St James' tunnels, and have an incredible experience."

Announcing the plan on Monday, Constance said the "time was right" to open up the hidden gems beneath the city.

"This is going to become part of our international tourism marketing campaign, to come to Sydney, to come to NSW and experience this incredible part of our history," he said.

Constance also said there was the potential for a walk-through connection between St James and Martin Place in the future.

The tunnels were originally built to provide a train line between the east and north of Sydney, but building was abandoned for economics reasons during the Depression.

They were used during World War II, as shelter, storage and for operational uses.
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