The Ashford to Cheriton section was the last big civils contract to be started on Section One and was badly hit by last winter's weather.
It is about 60% complete and four weeks off programme. But there is more leeway than with the work west of Ashford because the tracklaying spread will head up to Fawkham Junction before it returns for the run to Cheriton.
Excavation above the 150 year old brick tunnel at Saltwood was completed without incident and concerns it could disrupt the existing rail link with Europe are history.
Balfour Beatty concentrated on the structures between October 2000 and May this year, when all earthmoving was hit by massive rainfall. Most of the structures are now progressing well, including several bridges on the complicated intersection among motorway slip roads and rail tracks at the Cheriton Channel Tunnel Terminal.
Steelwork for Grange Alders Viaduct to carry the up line round the back of Dollands Moor freight yard is in place with the insitu deck going on. Completing the bulk earthworks to four-track the existing railway between Saltwood and Ashford is the top priority.
At the Sellindge pinchpoint, where the CTRL is being inserted between the existing railway and the M20, residents are getting the benefit of an undertaking which states noise levels must not be greater than they were in 1985.
Massive sound attenuation barriers are being erected on the far side of the motorway from the CTRL to shield homes from the noise of trains and, fortuitously, the motorway.
No one seems to have any records of noise levels in 1985.
The M20 was open at Sellindge but the Channel Tunnel did not exist and the motorway had a gap in it to the west so the road carried very little traffic.
Contract 440 - East Kent, Ashford to Cheriton Balfour Beatty Major Projects 16km Target cost £75M Key Features: Railway interface throughout. Tight up against the M20 motorway and/or the Channel Tunnel Terminal in some places.