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Bonkers Blog July 2016

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10 July (Part 2) - 18 months to build a simple glass box. 18 months to build a major transport hub

LeitchBexley Council eventually got around to admitting that its Lesnes Abbey contractor (Blakedown) went out of business last month which is obviously going to put the already long delayed £4·2 million regeneration project even further behind schedule, not that they were alone in being adversely affected. Blakedown was doing work for Peabody too.

Late it may be but on a rare sunny day this week the park was looking magnificent where Bexley Council had managed to open it up - mainly the Monk’s Garden.

The Visitor Centre may or may not be nearing completion, it’s impossible to get a clear view through the fences and the weeds. Elsewhere the standstill is only too obvious; well maybe not, the pond viewing platform has almost disappeared from view.

See when building started - January 2015

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Half a mile away Crossrail progress has been evident daily. The basic structure for Abbey Woods Platform 2 is now complete. The glass canopy is about one third installed and over the past two days the new track has been installed.

As usual a fortnight’s worth of Crossrail pictures has been put on line. Five more weeks and the first train will run through but there is still no sign of the return of a weekend train service. The new track will be used for delivering materials to the first Crossrail track.


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