[Source: Nick Catford]

Shakespeare Cliff Halt: Gallery 3: c1980 - September 2014

The abandoned Channel Tunnel work site looking east seen from a passing 4-VEP unit on the down line with a Class 73 diesel loco just visible emerging from the western portal of Shakespeare Tunnel.
Photo by Andy Veitch from his Flickr photostream

Looking east towards the west portal of Shakespeare Tunnel from the up platform of Shakespeare Cliff Staff Halt in September 1984.New BR Corporate Identity signage has been installed on the platforms which now show the name Shakespeare Cliff Staff Halt.
Photo by Nick Catford

Following the signing of the Treaty of Canterbury in February 1986, preparations were underway in this view from August 1987 to reactivate the construction site used for the failed 1974/5 Channel Tunnel attempt. In this view, seen from the up platform of the staff halt, large quantities of building material have been arriving at the site.
Photo by R Willis

The Channel Tunnel construction site seen from Shakespeare Cliff in August 1989. The halt has been refurbished with a lengthened up platform and a new footbridge with offices on the bridge. The road access tunnel built in 1974 is seen to the right of Shakespeare tunnel. Between the two, the ramp down to the Channel Tunnel is seen.
Photo by Graham Knott from his Flickr photostream

The up platform at Shakespeare Cliff seen from a passing eastbound train in July 1990. The platform has been resurfaced and extended to accommodate the new footbridge.
Photo by Alan Young

The down platform at Shakespeare Cliff seen from a passing westbound train in July 1990. Apart from the new footbridge nothing else has changed.
Photo by Alan Young

The Channel Tunnel construction site in June 1991. The site required for the Channel Tunnel construction was considerably more than the former colliery site. This required land to be reclaimed from the sea. To do this, steel sheets were driven into the sea bed to make a coffer dam; this was subsequently filled with concrete. The enclosed area was then pumped out and filled with sand.
Photo by Adrian Nichols from his Flickr photostream

Following the completion of the Channel Tunnel in 1994 the halt fell into disuse. The footbridge has been demolished and much of the timber of the waiting hut has fallen away. The halt nameboard is still there but noiw without its name. Behind the platform, two rows of fencing can be seen, protecting the line from the less serious chalk falls
Photo by David Glasspool from Kent Rail,web site

Shakespeare Cliff Halt seen from Shakespeare Cliff in June 1996. Once construction works were completed in 1994 the Channel Tunnel work site was quickly dismantled, including the footbridge linking the platforms. Although not officially closed the halt so no further rail traffic.
Photo by Nick Catford

The disused platforms seen from Shakespeare Cliff in March 2009.
Photo by Ian Haddenham from his Flickr photostream

Once construction works for the Channel Tunnel were completed, the site was landscaped to provide an undulating topography including some low-lying wetlands. The Samphire Hoe country park opened on 17 July 1997. This view from Shakespeare Cliff dates from March 2014 The building on the left is part of the ventilation system for the Channel Tunnel. Air is supplied to the Channel Tunnel from here and a similar plant at Sangatte. Either of the two buildings is capable of supplying all the air required to ventilate the tunnel. Supplementary ventilation also exists on either side of the tunnel. In the event of a fire, ventilation is used to keep smoke out of the service tunnel and move smoke in one direction in the main tunnel to give passengers clean air.
Photo by Ian Haddenham from his Flickr photostream

The down platform at Shakespeare Cliff in September 2014. The BR corporate identity nameboard is seen although it is now without a name. In recent years the up platform and the waiting shelter on the down platform have been demolished,
Photo by Nick Catford




[Source: Nick Catford]

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