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London Bridge Is Dug Up to Solve Drainage Problems

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

More Work Needed Months After £1 Billion Renovation

London Bridge StationWater leaks at the redeveloped London Bridge Station mean the area is once again swarming with workmen, only weeks after the project was completed. At the end of May, the new-look London Bridge Station was formally opened by the Duke of Cambridge, following a five-year project that cost almost £1 billion. Less than four months later, commuters and staff at the station were having to shelter from constant water ingress, with run-off from adjacent buildings finding its way directly into the station concourse. With an infrastructure that dates back more than 100 years, London drainage facilities are constantly struggling to meet the demands of a city that just keeps growing. However, the need to retrofit waterproofing at such a major and expensive development so soon after completion has caused more than a few raised eyebrows.

A Feng Shui Waterfall

The water ingress is plain for all to see, pouring down the walls of the tunnels that are immediately below the main concourse. Local traders, who operate the various shops and kiosks within the station, have been forced to put out buckets and trays to catch the leaks. It certainly does not portray the image that Network Rail was dreaming of achieving with its new flagship facility. One trader compared the water pouring in to a “feng shui waterfall,” while another commented that the steady flow continues day and night, regardless of whether it is raining outside.

Unexpected Water Sources

Network Rail was keen to play down the severity of the problem. A spokesperson told reporters that the waterproofing work is part of “a series of finalisation works” and that the overall project will still remain within the £1 billion budget that was set out in 2013. When pressed as

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