The Anonymous Widower

Crossrail Works At Abbey Wood Station

After taking the pictures from the Eynsham Road Bridge, I walked back to Abbey Road station taking pictures as I walked and crossed the line on a rusty footbridge.

As the pictures show, there’s not much left of the original station. On the other hand, the contractors seem to be doing a good job of rebuilding a station, which is still being fully used by passengers.

It’s still not totally clear to me, where the tracks and platforms will go in Abbey Wood station. But so long as Crossrail and its contractors know, who cares?

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

Crossrail Works From Eynsham Drive Bridge, Abbey Wood

Just to the East of Abbey Wood station a bridge carries Eynsham Drive over the North Kent Line and the new Crossrail tracks. This Google Earth image shows the area.

Eynsham Drive To Abbey Wood Station

I took these pictures of and from the road bridge.

The Crossrail tracks are the ones with no third conductor rail and they are on the North side.

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , | 3 Comments

Walking To The Eynsham Drive Bridge At Abbey Wood

My walk yesterday to take the pictures of Crossrail at Eynsham Drive and Abbey Wood station started at Plumstead station, where I crossed the High Street and then found the end of the Ridgeway, which is on top of the Southern Outfall Sewer. I took these pictures as I walked to Harrow Manor Way, that led into Abbey Wood, where I turned off into Eynsham Drive..

It is mostly, a typical estuarial industrial landscape with a quantity of uninspiring housing, although the space between the Ridgeway and the rail lines is going to be transformed, as Crossrail sidings are being built here.

You can understand why Stanley Kubrick shot Clockwork Orange in the area.

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment

Lottery Grants To Museums And Heritage

This article on the BBC web site details the grants to various museums and heritage organisations.

I am pleased that one local to me; the Geffyre Museum is getting a grant.

The Geffrye Museum in London, which specialises in the history of the English domestic interior, is being given £11m.

The funding will allow the development of a new entrance from Hoxton station, accessible spaces for the collections, library and archive, new learning facilities and a new cafe.

The second entrance from Hoxton station is to be welcomed and I hope they make sure that the cafe serves gluten-free offerings.

One thing I feel strongly about is that all lottery-funded attractions, should have good access for those like me, who can’t or don’t drive.

Obviously some on today’s list like the Geffryre and Science Museums and Lincoln Cathedral are accessible by rail, but this isn’t always the case.

Jodrell Bank is a place, I would like to visit, but on looking up travel  information on their web site, it has to be a taxi from the nearest stations. That is just not good enough and a real pity considering that Jodrell Bank lies virtually alongside the rail line between Manchester and Crewe.

Jodrell Bank And The Manchester-Crewe Railway

Jodrell Bank And The Manchester-Crewe Railway

A station would be expensive, but I’m certain that many European countries would have provided something better than expecting visitors to take a taxi, especially as the nearest station at Goostrey is only served by one train an hour. It would be interesting to see what would happen, if the service was twice an hour and there was a free shuttle bus to Jodrell Bank.

In my view anything that makes science more accessible and also puts Jodrell Bank on a sound financial footing is to be welcomed.

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | 2 Comments

HS2 And The General Election

In some ways the impact of HS2 on the General Election was more noticeable by its absence. I have only found one serious article  in Rail News, that even discusses the subject. This is the first two paragraphs.

Ahead of the general election campaigners against HS2 made much of the opportunity for opponents to vote for parties that wanted the project scrapped. But the final election results suggest HS2 had little impact.

Only UKIP and the Greens put scrapping HS2 as a core issue in their manifestos. And a lone single-issue candidate also campaigned against HS2 in the Westminster North constituency but came bottom of the poll with 63 votes, or just 0.2 per cent of the total cast.

Ukip are a law unto their own, but why are the Greens against HS2?

I do wonder if HS2 is going through a similar popularity as Crossrail, where parts of London were against the building of the rail link in the early days of the project. Now Londoners seem to be getting enthusiastic about their new railway.

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 2 Comments