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Sadiq Khan

Bonkers Blog March 2016

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13 March - A slow week in Belvedere and Abbey Wood

Lesnes Abbey Lesnes AbbeyLesnes Abbey continues to make slow progress, the main entrance in Abbey Road has occupied several men all week.

The Monk’s garden has been adorned with some new stone features and the Visitor Centre appears to have been partially glazed on its northern aspect; not easy to see or photograph over the high wooden fence. It looks as though the roof is nearing completion too.

As noted previously, it is possible to imagine it all looking very attractive when completed but the quality of the workmanship never looks particularly good. Maybe it is supposed to look ‘rustic’ but everything that might look better straight or level is rough and crooked and at a strange angle.

Lesnes Abbey Lesnes Abbey Lesnes Abbey Lesnes Abbey
Meanwhile, a quarter of a mile away it has been a relatively slow week for Crossrail.

At the beginning of the week the story was that a 350 tonne crane would be at work this weekend lifting heavy beams over the track to begin to form the floor of the high level station; but it didn’t happen.

The scaffold and platform around the support columns are in place but maybe not yet quite finished. The current set of photos show what has been going on, sometimes through the ever dirtier Perspex flyover window and not helped by the week’s rain and mist.

On Wednesday the station was close to being inaccessible because of the blocked drains which Bexley Council has neglected throughout the 29 years I have lived nearby.

Crossrail Crossrail Crossrail Crossrail
Also on Wednesday, Network Rail were publicising the permanent closure of the Felixtowe Road station entrance - the pictures are in the usual place. It is a mystery to me why publicity for the closure of the northern entrance was by means of posters and leaflets by the southern entrance. Maybe there was a repeat performance the following day on the more relevant side.
Entrance Closure

Click to see complete leaflet.

Finally, the Bostall Manorway footbridge has been opened, a mere six and a half months after installation.

 

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