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Tuesday 21 June 2011 8.28am
As someone who has to move around London a lot, often by road, you are preaching to the choir Mr.P.
What about the war zone that is both sides of Oxford Street, particularly Soho and Hanover Square while Crossrail is being oh so slowly constructed?
It is often said that you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, true, but I am hearing a new expression a lot now.
What they do in a civilised country in a weekend, takes about a year in the U.K.
Tuesday 21 June 2011 3.17pm
Zoe wrote:
Thanks Jon, that might explain it, but surely Thames Water did something to the drainage when they did work there, are these different drains?

That work was to replace to water and gas mains and not the road drainage system (!). The drainage system is being replaced in order to eliminate the problem of standing water on Borough High Street which is an irritant to all.

I seem to recall all the work would be concluded by the end of the year, which in itself is no great comfort.
Tuesday 21 June 2011 6.13pm
Well at least it might get rid of that terrible smell from the HSBC corner, but I really must say - water mains and drains being replaced at different times? Mr Bazalgette would be turning in his grave.
Tuesday 21 June 2011 6.48pm
Zoe wrote:
Well at least it might get rid of that terrible smell from the HSBC corner

Maybe they should put this back.
Monday 27 June 2011 9.44pm
From the TfL page in today's Metro:

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Monday 27 June 2011 10.22pm
Sigh, January 2012, how tiresome. I just hope the road is all lovely and new when they finish.

I'm still confused by the drainage works, but I suppose there's a difference between road drains and sewers.
Thursday 30 June 2011 1.45pm
It isn't so bad at the moment - certainly a lot quieter and some of the new paving looks overly! Hmmm, it does look like they have removed the bike stands outside the library though, which probably isn't that sensible (they were used a lot).

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