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South Kensington Museums

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that improvements are made to the tunnel link between South Kensington underground station and the museums on Cromwell Road and to the streetscape in the Exhibition Road area. (91826)

The tunnel link from South Kensington underground station is owned and managed by Transport for London, and the streetscape in the Exhibition Road area is the responsibility of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the City of Westminster, and Transport for London. Improvements to the subway, a Grade II listed structure, form an integral part of the proposed Exhibition Road project, which seeks to enhance the physical setting and connecting public spaces of the Exhibition Road area.

My Department welcomes the project, led by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with the City of Westminster and Transport for London. I understand a bid is to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help fund the redevelopment of the tunnel link. Officials from the Department chair and provide the secretariat for the Exhibition Road Cultural Consortium, an alliance of all the cultural institutions in the Exhibition Road area associated with the project. The next meeting of the consortium is scheduled for 23 October.