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The Bermondsey disentanglement

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on August 16, 2016

Last summer my daily commute offered the interesting spectacle of the demolition of the old railway viaducts in Bermondsey and the clearance of the infrastructure between the South East Kent and Sussex lines. Since then it has been fascinating to see the day-by-day transformation of a victorian railway landscape into one fit for the 21st century.

The Bermondsey Diveunder starts to take shape

Spring saw the Bermondsey Diveunder start to fill the space vacated by the Victorian structures

The last time I wrote about this project, in June/July 2015, the Victorian structures had just been demolished. The only escapees from this destruction were the arches of the viaduct from New Cross and these have now been cleverly re-used as the base for the new Charing Cross lines. Alongside these survivors are a number of new concrete structures, including the impressive 155 metre long concrete dive under box itself.

The Bermondsey diveunder is not the easiest of projects to understand, but there is a good explanation in the article Making the Grade (Separation): The Bermondsey Diveunder on the London Reconnections website. The simplest answer is that the disentangling of the tracks on the approach to London Bridge will deliver significant improvements to the flow of traffic through the station, benefiting us all.

The arches of the new Charing Cross lines are built on top of the cut down columns from the arches of the original viaduct (seen here on 27th February 2016)

The arches of the new Charing Cross lines are built on top of the cut down columns from the original viaduct

Over the past six months I have taken the occasional shot as this impressive engineering project has progressed, as illustrated below. Nevertheless, there is still a way to go with completion scheduled for spring 2017.



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