1 September 2009
No response yet to enquiries to Network Rail about their planned removal of the redundant level crossing bridge at Redbridge and when it will be done, so we have made a further enquiry today.
29 July 2009
Peter Rawcliffe of OFA visited the site today but no sign of any action yet at the redundant level crossing bridge in north Kennington. We’ll see if we can get an update from Network Rail.
19 July 2009
Work may start soon at one of the Redbridge pinch-points, a redundant level crossing bridge on the Hinksey Drain.
This pinch-point was identified by OFA; Network Rail will remove the bridge.
Before – note the concrete wall across the channel!
After – the concrete wall removed
Hinksey Drain. Culvert under the railway now cleared and channel on towards Hinksey Stream opened up.
Munday’s underbridge in north Kennington, where the Hinksey Drain passes under the mainline railway. Work to improve things has been carried out by the EA this month. The area is greatly improved, thank you EA.
But more needs to be done.
Hinksey Drain, classified as a Main River, September 2008. Water flows towards the culvert (known as Munday’s underbridge) under the mainline railway at the back of the picture. The channel banks were cleared of vegetation in late 2008 by the Environment Agency. However, the channel itself is narrowed by years of neglect. And, still present, are a concrete wall across the channel, and the right hand side of the culvert blocked in whole or in part by earth.
The railing (just seen in the top right of the first photograph) is over a large road drain poking out into the channel and causing further obstruction. This shows too the right hand side of the culvert blocked in whole or in part by earth, and beneath the culvert severe silting of the channel. The channel beyond the culvert, leading to Hinksey Stream and the Thames, also needs to be widened and cleared of silt and vegetation.