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Bonkers Blog July 2014

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13 July (Part 1) - 2018 will be a long time coming

A third consecutive weekend without trains through Abbey Wood and anyone hoping to see dramatic Crossrail changes would be disappointed. The scene involving a crane (Photos 1, 2 and 3) between the Eynsham Drive and Church Manorway bridges is virtually indistinguishable from last weekend and the weekend before.

During the past week the new Church Manorway footbridge has made noticeable progress (Photo 4) and some mysterious concrete piles have been driven into the ground just to the west of the Bostall Manorway footbridge. (Photos 5 and 6). The redundant centre track has been removed.

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Crossrail Gayton RoadThe main reason for no trains beyond Plumstead is just to the east of Abbey Wood station, almost under the Harrow Manorway flyover where a large trench has been dug beneath the tracks most likely for drainage pipes but possibly for carrying cable.

Photo 8 taken after the rain had cleared away yesterday afternoon shows one or more pipes already in situ (click to enlarge) and Photo 9 taken at 8 a.m. this morning, raining again, shows more pipes ready for installation.

Photo 10 illustrates the loss of parking spaces near the station as permitted by one of Mike Frizoni’s Traffic Orders last month.

The next trainless weekend will be 10th/11th August.

There will be a Crossrail exhibition on the Community Hall, Knee Hill, between 3 and 7 p.m. next Wednesday. In my experience they are good at answering questions about the effect on people’s houses but ask a question about track layouts or mysterious concrete columns and they haven’t got a clue.


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