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Work next to Honor Oak Park Station
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BarCar


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Post: #1
29-03-2010 09:31 AM

Does anybody have any insight into what's going on in the wooded area between Honor Oak Park station and the access road to the cemetry/allotments?

Seems to be some clearance work in recent weeks. Couldn't see anything on Southwark or Lewisham Planning sites.

I've only seen it briefly as I was passing but it looked like the "beware of the trees" sign has gone and the area behind these gates is being cleared: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobysoft/2477759927/.

Prelude to something interesting?

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Woody


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Post: #2
29-03-2010 01:17 PM

I assume that Southwark Council has started the process of removing the spoil that was illegally dumped on the site. There was a separate thread on this a while ago.

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John_Hugill


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29-03-2010 02:34 PM
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andrewr


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Post: #4
29-03-2010 03:16 PM

Pleased to hear it is clean up work and not another development. Judging from the amount of work going on, it looks like the clean up will be costing a lot more than legal disposal would have cost the dumpers. And that's not including the potential cost of rebuilding half the station! Although maybe a rebuild of at least part of the station is the silver lining in the cloud.

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dbboy


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30-03-2010 09:02 AM

As stated earlier its clear up work for the extension of the cemetry.

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Perryman


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01-04-2010 12:40 PM

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it looked like the "beware of the trees" sign has gone and the area behind these gates is being cleared


Apparently thanks to a 5000 lottery grant, they have installed new fencing here this morning.

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BarCar


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Post: #7
01-04-2010 12:48 PM

Obviously inspired by a certain Northumbrian poison garden...

Hmm, what date is it again?

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Ghis


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Post: #8
01-04-2010 01:03 PM

The platform has now been half closed to the passengers with fencing. I hope they sort this soon because it won't be pretty next time there are train delays and the platform is packed.

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hoppit


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Post: #9
01-04-2010 07:56 PM

It looks as if there has been a bit of slippage and it has pushed the wall forward, bending the pillars that support the roof. The ground is also creased and folded.

I wondered if it was because they had cut all the trees down.

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Tinkerbell


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01-04-2010 11:06 PM

There was a guy with a clipboard yesterday, carrying out market research for TFL. One of his questions: "Do you think this station could be improved in any way?" I nearly cried. (And I'm not even a mum who regularly has to lug a buggy down those slippery stairs, nor am I elderly or otherwise less than 100% mobile)

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shzl400


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02-04-2010 01:14 PM

Tinkerbell - Maybe that was TfL's idea of an April Fool!

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Tinkerbell


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02-04-2010 01:41 PM

You may be right. Though the poor chap carrying out the survey seemed quite earnest.
If they had wanted to go for a full-blown April 1st extravaganza, why not just cancel no trains, let them all run on time AND have friendly, competent, cheerful staff attending a clean and functioning station for a whole day. Now that would have fooled me.

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andrewr


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05-04-2010 05:11 PM

I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but when I passed through HOP station last Wednesday, it was being 'deep cleaned' by several cleaners with cloths and spray cleaner attacking all the paintwork. I'd be interested to hear whether anyone has noticed the difference.

The slippage behind platform 1 is clearly serious and, at the very least, the wall at the back of the platform will need to be demolished and rebuilt. I'd say that more major works will be needed to stop the movement, possibly including replacing the sheet metal piling that has been put there at some time in the past, presumably to stop exactly the sort of movement we are now seeing. Whether the problems are due to the works next door, or to the removal of the trees, is an interesting point and one, no doubt, that Network Rail's engineers will be arguing with Southwark's contractors.

For what it's worth,the metal uprights at the rear of the platform do not support the canopy. That is supported on central pillars. They are there to support the fence at the rear of the platform. However, it looks to me as though movement of the rear fence supports could distort the canopy roof. I wouldn't be surprised if removal of the fence and its supports happens pretty soon to avoid any damage to the canopy.

I'm prepared to bet that the problem won't be sorted for the launch of the East London Line on May 23 and I wouldn't be surprised if it's not sorted by the end of the year.

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andrewr


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05-04-2010 05:42 PM

I attach a picture showing the extent of the slippage behind the platform. The sloping brick wall at the back of the platform is just visible towards the left of the picture.



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sandy


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Post: #15
05-04-2010 06:26 PM

On saturday am workers were dismantling the fence.

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davidl


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Post: #16
06-04-2010 11:50 AM

More work happening with HOP station - there's a planning application with Lewisham for improvements to the footbridge. Maybe even improved buggy/wheelchair access?

Details here - such as they are.

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