"Infamous and intimidating" subways in south London are to be revamped, a council has announced.
The subways were criticised for attracting crime
Work on the underground walkways in part of Elephant and Castle, south London, will begin in June.
They will be blocked up and replaced with street-level pathways by 2007 as part of a £1.5bn regeneration plan.
Last year a man was detained under the Mental Health Act for trying to rape a young woman in the subway after a violent struggle.
The nearby St Mary's Churchyard will be upgraded and re-instated as a town park, and will include children's play equipment.
The entire gyratory road system will eventually be re-routed under the plans, which include razing the red shopping centre and five 12-storey blocks of flats.
Chris Horn, director of the regeneration project, said making the area more pedestrian-friendly was just the first step in the 170-acre redevelopment.
"This is exactly what local people have been asking for," he said.
"It will be fantastic when these intimidating subways are a thing of the past because they have been a real blight on the area."