Sometimes my walks take me to interesting places.
On Saturday while walking in South Kensington, I found myself at the site of the Metro Tunnel’s western portal.
To my surprise, there was nobody around, no signage saying to stay out, and no closed gate. So I peeked around the corner to snap some photos of the portal itself.
This is where trains from the Sunbury line and the Airport will enter the tunnel heading towards Parkville, then the City.
There’s what appears to be an architectural flourish just before the trains enter the tunnel, with a series of beams over the top of the track. Quite aesthetically pleasing, I think.
On one side of the ramp are rails piled up in preparation for installation.
Nearby were parked what look like tunnel access vehicles. They look quite fun for a spin.
I didn’t venture any further. I had a feeling I was not meant to be there.
Shortly afterwards I sent a DM to the project Twitter account. They came back to me and said it was left open and unattended in error for a short time.
Frankly that’s a relief. You’d hate to see vandals get in and cause damage and/or injure themselves.
Still, from my unauthorised sneak peak, it’s nice to see how that part of the project is progressing. Even from that distance it’s an impressive sight, and it’s great to see it moving ever closer to completion.