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Bonkers Blog January 2016

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3 January - Crossrail at Abbey Wood is about half way there. In time anyway

On Christmas Eve the not very temporary traffic lights were removed from Felixstowe Road. It’s still a bit of an obstacle course but it is two way again for the first time since October 2014.

Whilst most of us have been lucky enough to do not a great deal over the past two weeks the same has not been true for contractors working on Abbey Wood station. They had Christmas Day and Boxing Day off but within the past two weeks managed to dig some massive trenches around the recenty installed piles and fill them with concrete despite the rain. This week’s update includes 82 new pictures - nearly 7MB - of the work and the loss of parking spaces caused by lorries.

Crossrail CrossrailThen a whole load of ironmongery was welded into place and 340 cubic metres of concrete was scheduled for delivery starting at 9 a.m. on 30th December. The first 7·5 cubic metre load was delivered on time to the exact minute. The time stamp on the photo confirms it. By the end of the day the track bed and associated wall had been extended from the end of the new platform to the Harrow Manorway flyover.

The succession of ready mixed concrete carriers came from Silvertown so not the sort of journey one would wish to undertake when the Blackwall Tunnel is busy.

On the same day the piling rigs returned and started work to the north of the station.

I really cannot see how the Felixstowe Road shops can survive when the northern station entrance is closed next month or thereabouts and will stay that way for three years. There is already no car parking available and soon there will be no one walking by.

Index to Crossrail blogs and photo features.

P.S. Photos 1 and 2 taken through the muddy windows of the old Harrow Manorway bus shelter and rescued in Photoshop. It affords the best view of the track bed but if someone could cut a three inch hole in one of them, it would be appreciated.


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