Wednesday 18 June 2014

Huyton Countdown - 26 Days

Things at Huyton and Roby are moving on nicely in the sunshine.  Thanks to David Hull for providing some of the following pictures.

At Huyton, installation of the lifts is well advanced.  This is the one outside the south side of the station.

The trackbed formerly obstructed by the temporary footpath and the old platform 2 ramp is being dug out, and today they were pouring concrete for the bridge over the extended public subway.

Note just one pillar of old brickwork survives,  isolated in the middle of the chaos.

This shot is from the temporary "bridge" looking east along the line of the future edge of platform 3.
At first glance, this looks like a major problem area, in 26 days trains should be calling at a platform here, but actually I reckon a couple of hours with a digger would clear all the rubble and a week of bricklaying would finish platform 3, so it's nothing to worry about.  All the drains, cable ducts and so on are already in place.
A similar view from the temporary bridge, this time along platform 4's edge.  Platform 4 is pretty much complete, but it'll be a couple of years before it sees any trains.

Huyton station subway looks usable throughout, but the steps at the platform four entrance are missing, so currently only the section between 1 and 2/3 is in use.

Meanwhile, at Roby, the lift shafts are ready for lift installation, and their brick cladding is going up.
Platform 4 lift shaft looks pretty much complete.