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Bonkers Blog October 2017

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23 October (Part 1) - Yellow versus Orange

After praising Network Rail workers on Saturday for never objecting to my intrusive photographic activities I had a rude awakening early this morning. Without my widest lens I took a step backwards to try to get everything in and admit I ended up a couple of feet behind where a barrier normally stands, but it wasn’t there at that particular time.

As I stood there, eye to viewfinder, a dumper truck which I had seen coming down the road, veered over the footpath and stopped right in front of me blocking the view. A loud voice told me in no uncertain terms to get off of his patch. I forget the exact words.

However before I even had time to think something unpleasant about Network Rail, I noticed the yellow jacket, not orange. Yes it was Bexley Council’s favourite contractor, F. M. Conway.

From the always polite orange jacketed outfit in Felixstowe Road came a helpful email this afternoon.

• The lift from the concourse to the North Kent line platform will open by Tuesday morning 24 October.
• The stairs from Felixstowe Road to the station will open by the end of this week.
• We are challenging our lift contractors to complete the work to the Felixstowe Road and Gayton Road lifts as quickly as possible, but the Gayton Road lifts will be brought into use first.
• In the meantime MTR has staff on hand to help passengers with buggies and luggage and there are taxis in place to take anyone with mobility issues to the nearest accessible station until the lifts to the platform are complete and from Wilton Road to the station’s entrance after this.


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