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Bonkers Blog April 2015

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2 April (Part 2) - Crossrail - A postscript

I found it difficult to understand why residents around Abbey Wood station would not know the source of the noise over the weekend of 21st and 22nd March. Surely they would have seen what was going on at the end of Wilton Road, but maybe Network Rail does bear a little responsibility after all.

Their circular to neighbouring properties said the bridge demolition was scheduled for 28th and 29th and does not emphasise that the overnight noise would be very considerable.
Update
It was dated 5th March and presumably plans are subject to frequent change. The email notification I received on the 19th March said the bridge span would come down on the 21st and was accurate almost to the minute. On the other hand it said the station building would be demolished last weekend and it is still standing.

I have a copy of Network Rail’s distribution list for their warning notices and I would guess it was prepared by someone who had not taken a good look at the A-Z. In some directions the area covered extends 600 yards or so from the station, in others not even 200. Everyone invited to their Liaison Panel has provided an email address. Using those addresses would at least keep the panel members happy even if the average man in the street is still able to claim ignorance.

 

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