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Bonkers Blog March 2017

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5 March (Part 1) - Network Rail passes a major milestone. FM Conway contemplates one

ConwayIt’s no use persevering with the Sunday comparison between progress - or lack of it - at Lesnes Abbey park and Crossrail at nearby Abbey Wood, we may never know when the work is officially completed. All that can be said is that completion must be close. It should be well worth a visit if we get a fine Easter.

A better comparison might be how FM Conway’s work on Harrow Manorway stacks up against the slick operation by Network Rail and Balfour Beatty at the railway station.

Today the last bit of track was put down through the station, well there’s a set of points to be cut into place, but the job is just about done.

Thanks to help from Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and Southeastern staff I was able to sneak beyond the barriers and grab a few pictures. Despite the rain a hi-tech operation got the ballast, sleepers and track down in just a few hours.

117 photos taken over the last two weeks are in the usual place and there are some preliminary pictures of the Harrow Manorway works too. I suspect that Abbey Wood is going to suffer severe traffic congestion problems over the next 18 months.

 

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