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Contract 330

SECTION ONE

Contract 330 at the London end of Section One will be the first to finish civils work but will be at the tail end of tracklaying westwards from Ashford's Beechbrook Farm depot.

Work went so well that at one time it looked as if the job might be finished last Christmas but the autumn downpour put paid to that.

Reconstruction work is under way at the arson-damaged Brewers Road overbridge. The structure consists of a reinforced concrete box for the railway topped by earthprotected mass polystyrene fill beneath another slab supporting a local road. The fire was started when the lighweight fill was still exposed - which would have required a determined effort, insist RLE engineers.

An early start has been made on the mid-point power feeder station at Singlewell but other than that there is little to be done at the moment.

Keeping a main contractor presence on site helps heighten security and prevent damage to the formation and earthworks by 4x4 drivers.

Formal handover by the civils joint venture to the system wide contractor is now scheduled for this autumn.

Contract 330 - East Thames, Medway Valley to Waterloo Connection Alfred McAlpine/Amec Joint Venture Alfred McAlpine Construction/Amec Civil Engineering 16km Target cost £80M Key features: Big, largely chalk muckshift, especially for M2 and other road modifications.

Rebuild of abandoned rail line for the Waterloo link involved total reconstruction but leaving environmental screens of overgrown embankment and cutting sides. Track for at grade interface with existing railway at Fawkham Junction was laid in April. Civils nearly done.

JV now keeping the site secure, watching the grass and trees grow.

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