These pictures show the subway and a few other things at Hackney Wick station.
It looks to my untrained eye, that now, the builders can get on with putting in the stairs and lifts and then fit out the station ready for opening.
This visualisation shows how the station will look on completion.
I do hope they leave the approach to the station clear, as in the visualisation.
If you look at my pictures over the weekend of the Hackney Wick Station Subway Installation, there’s two common factors – The sun and no rain.
Imagine having to do all that heavy work in an intense storm named Jeremy or Nigel.
Obviously, the Queen too, hasn’t been near Hackney Wick.
I went back to Hackney Wick station in the afternoon and the mammoths were lined up, with the 2,000 tonne subway standing on its own feet.
The mammoths really are impressive beasts.
This morning and I was up early to catch the first train train from Dalston Kingsland station to the new Hackney Wick station.
The train was precisely on time at 06:23.
Note that the herd of mammoths, that I photographed on Thursday are still underneath the new embankment.
This is a previous picture from Thursday.
From the pictures it would appear that they have picked up the station subway and given it a twirl.
It has certainly been an impressive project to demolish a railway on an embankment, insert a new subway and then rebuild and reopen the embankment, all in four working days.
I feel that they got the project nmanagement spot-on for this project, witn not a minute of wasted time.
But the biggest factor was surely, that the only work they did with the electrification was switch it off at the start and switch it on and test it, at the finish. They also probably used the most careful digger and crane operators they could find!
I wonder, if we’ll be seeing similar robust construction techniques to create and rebuild stations in double-quick time!
I took these pictures at Hackney Wick this morning.station
As to progress, it appears that the subway has been slotted into the gap in the embankment created yesterday
This picture gives a distant view of the site on the North side of the tracks.
The subway appears not to be there anymore and it could actually be in position.
This must be good progress.
Hackney Wick station is being rebuilt.
It is not an easy job, as the rail line is on a viaduct six metres above ground level.
In addition to being a major line of the the London Overground, the North London Line is also an important freight route.
The picture was taken from the ramp that leads up to the station, which is high on the left.
To complicate matters on top of the station was a concrete footbridge.
This was demolished a month or so ago.
To make the creation of the subway through the embankment, even more challenging, they are building the subway to the North of the embankment.
And over Easter, they will do the tricky bit.
Starting on Friday, the 14th April, they will execute this sequence of operations.
- Remove the track through Hackney Wick.
- Dig a massive gap in the embankment and dig down to the stable gravel level.
- lightweight polystyrene blocs will even be used to replace a proportion of backfill.
- Push the station subway, which is 12.7 metres wide and 22.5 metres long into the gap.
The job will then be completed by rebuilding the railway on top, ready for the start of services on the Tuesday.
This is the sort of job that needs a web-cam high on a convenient tower block.
Hackney Wick Station – 8th April 2017
These pictures show the station on the Saturday before work starts.
Is the subway going to be turned before it is moved into place?
Call In A Herd If Mammoths – 13th April 2017
These pictures show the subway tunnel being readied for the big push!
I think the last train into Hackney Wick station gets there at three minutes past midnight.
Counting Them All In And Counting Them All Out – 14th April 2017
The embankment is now being removed and I have put up a series of pictures in Counting Them All In And Counting Them All Out.
Here is a picture from the 8th of April and a sample from today for comparison.
It is an impressive operation, with a stream of trucks coming and going.