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Bonkers Blog January 2017

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11 January - Lesnes Abbey slipped. Crossrail station slipping?

Lesnes Abbey Lesnes Abbey Lesnes AbbeyAs has been said before, the £3,688,500 Lesnes Abbey enhancement project has the potential to make it look much better than before, but it has been beset by problems, among them of course, Bexley Council.

The Visitor Centre once expected to open in the summer of 2015 appears to be ready for use and the grounds around it are now freely accessible but I have yet to catch it open for business, neither has there been an official opening. Perhaps there won’t be one bearing in mind it is only a two minute walk from my home and the mayor is camera shy.

The mosaique inset into the ground where five paths cross has appeared since Lesnes Abbey was last mentioned here is something else that looks very nice. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the pond viewing platform.

From 18 months late we go to just two - or is it a mistake?

All of us driven mad by the disruption to everyday life caused by Crossrail construction have long been looking forward to October 2017 when Network Rail has always said that the new station would open for Southheastern trains and they would up sticks and go away.

Not any more according to the latest version of their website. “The new station will open in December 2017” and “from December 2018 Elizabeth line trains will run”.

It wouldn’t be the first mistaken Crossrail announcement. Let’s hope it is another.

Note: It was later confirmed that the December station opening date was a mistake now corrected.


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