About the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway
The committee currently comprises
Sue Giovanni - Secretary
Örn Greif - Treasurer
Peter Hore - Chair
The Friends of Crystal Palace Subway are a constituted community group who have coordinated a community-led initiative to make access to Crystal Palace Subway safer and to open it for community use. In 2016 works were completed to install a new gate, hand rails and safety rails on the Southwark side of the subway. Since that date 14,898 people have visited the subway.
Our campaign began in the autumn of 2010 when two local residents, Karl H Richter and Rolf Peruzzo, began discussions with Bromley Council and other local stakeholders to explore how to reopen the subway.
Over the years the subway has managed to inspire people and capture their imaginations so it wasn’t hard to find an enthusiastic group to help with this project. A small steering group of volunteers and sponsors was formed to support and promote the project and this was formally constituted as the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway in 2013.
For the moment, part of the subway may remain closed due to safety concerns about the structural integrity of some of the retaining walls. But planning permission for this has been approved and works should commence imminently.
Everything we are doing is being coordinated with the broader plans for regenerating the Crystal Palace Park. Our initiative aligns with the masterplan for the park as well as Bromley’s plans for how the park could be managed and funded in future.