CTRL will leave the line of the existing railway north west of the station and run through Ashford in a piled cut and cover tunnel which will give Kvaerner's foundation division two years' steady work. No-one from Kvaerner's Contract 430 was around on Thursday. Possession of the first part of the site was not expected until Monday this week, with the handover of some garages and parts of an industrial estate fronting on Godinton Road.
Around midday on Thursday Gordon Edwards of RLE's estates division was touring around, clipboard in hand, dealing with queries from the last of the tenants who had notice to quit. Some were clearing out the remnants from their stores, others have until the middle of the month to pack up and go. The tunnel will cut a swathe through a couple of modern retail sheds, the old cattle market, and the shabby precast concrete, brick and asbestos cladding of Godinton Road, Gasworks Lane and Godinton Way industrial estates. The clutter of metal cutting, motor trade and assorted industries are being exiled to tidy new estates built on the perimeter of the town.