Monthly Archives: July 2011

Anyone care to balance this up a little?

From the “just has to be read to be believed” department:

Blackheath station becomes more accessible

To keep disruption to a minimum and get best value for money, work to renovate the platforms took place at the same time.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “It is important that everyone is able to access the railways as rail travel continues to grow in popularity – that is why we have contributed £1.1m from our Access for All initiative to upgrading Blackheath station.

“In total we are committed to spending £370m on upgrading stations across Britain for people with reduced mobility.”

Dave Ward, Network Rail’s route director for Kent, said: “Thousands of people living and working in Blackheath rely on the railway every day.

“This new step-free route around the station is great news for passengers and will make it much easier for everyone to use the train, especially those with reduced mobility or with small children.

“It’s a significant investment in our stations so they better meet the ever changing needs of passengers.”

This article surely is a joke. Where are the delays, the wrong steps, the misery of the commuters? Please head to their comments page and make them realise what a crock their article is. Government subsidy to pay for increased accessibility whilst the SouthEastern is allowed to cream off £61.5m profits every year.

UPDATE:
They’ve now added a statement from Network Rail to the bottom of the page:

A Network Rail spokesperson said:

“We issued a letter in April advising local people that we had experienced some problems with the project owing to a combination of extreme winter weather conditions in December and January, some unforeseen difficulties with the installation of the new power supply for the lift and some issues with the fabrication of the new staircase.

“This meant we would not be able to complete the work to the original timescale.

“We apologise for any additional disruption this caused for passengers.”

Translation: We ordered the wrong size steps, we subcontract to subcontractors who have to come in on the train from Southampton (good luck with that), and our subcontractors can’t agree between themselves who is responsible for removing the wobbly bridge. Suck it up and enjoy those price rises…

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Open Sesame

New lift at Blackheath Station
Temporary Railyway Bridge at Blackheath Station
The Millennium steps have finally been declared fit for human footsteps. People are still using the wobbly Millennium Bridge though. It’s now become a badge of honour, I guess.

The old Puccino’s guys have gone, and so has Classic FM sadly, replaced with something that sounds more like Kiss. No chairs & tables either? The two guys seem friendly though.

The Stannah stairlift (really) is surviving so far, and speaks! Which is nice. The series of comments on the previous post nearly made me spit my coffee out in laughter.

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Parakeet Alert!


Scrumping apples from the tree outside!

Not going to win any awards for photography, but you get the idea..

See the incorrectly titled older post The Greenfinch Tree for previous sightings!

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The Wrong Kind of Steps

So it’s official. The gossip from a taxi driver that appeared on this blog earlier seems to he true.

Labour councillor Kevin Bonavia just tweeted that Network Rail have indeed ordered the wrong size steps, which means we have the pleasure of Blackheath’s (wobbly) Millennium Bridge until at least July 31st. Nice that they came out and told us straight away. Maybe a friendly sign will go up soon.

Our rail system is a fucking shambles.

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The Greenwich Park Encroachments, Part II

Interesting post here from The Greenwich Phantom. Seems my suggestion for tracking the fences with a GPS mapper may not have been totally paranoid, as LOCOG may already be fencing off areas that they promised not to touch.

Nothing on the NOGOE 2012 site about this yet, though…

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Bits and pieces

Matt writes:

Found Set of keys attached to polished stone key ring. Found by phone box by St Margarets Passage on Sunday 3rd morning. They are now behind the bar at The Dacre pub.

Eve writes:

Went for a run around the heath earlier this evening – when I went past the pond outside the Princess of Wales pond, I’d noticed that it’d been invaded by algae, and unfortunately, I think I also saw a dead duck floating there. It might’ve been a dead-duck-shaped piece of debris – perhaps someone who has better eyesight can confirm what it is.

Also, in a completely separate issue, that old Bullfrog shop in the Village has been replaced by a maternity/baby shop.

I suspect the baby shop could do pretty well in Blackheath- no shortage of pushchairs around here! The PoW pond is looking pretty grimy at the moment, I guess it’s just the hot weather, but maybe there’s another reason I don’t know about?

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Race for Life, Blackheath 2011

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Race for Life today.

Bad luck if you’re trying to negotiate the traffic lights next to CostCutter. At least one of the bulbs has blown. Amber is working though, so that’s handy.

Here’s a few Race for Life posts from 2008 to keep you going.
5 things about the Race For Life 2008
Definitive route 2008
Race for Life 2008
2008 Photos and Video

UPDATE: Seems SouthEastern are running their usual quality weekend service:

“_SouthEastern: RT @KBslittlesis #southeastern you bunch of losers! Engineering works when 10k women & their families need to get to Blackheath for R4L!…”

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