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Pity that the stairs down to the river are going. I like the fact that in many places in central London you can walk along the river mud or sand when the tide is out. Still that bank of the Thames is not so popular nowadays so not many will miss it.

dg writes: There are no stairs down to the river, only to the riverside path. The existing staircase will be replaced, but will no longer hang out over the water.
HMS President went off to kent... no one seems sure if it is to return :-(
Very interesting stuff in some of those links, including the precise alignment of the Waterloo & City Line.

There has been work going on in the river between the Blackfriars bridges for some time - I had assumed it was part of the Thameslink work, but that was completed some time ago and the work in the river is still going on.

Reference is made to the section of Cycle Superhighway and Thames Path along "Bazalgette Walk", a street name which Googling fails to turn up in any context except this project. Does anyone know where exactly this is? (As a regular user of the Superhighway it would be useful to know........) Naming any part of a cycle route "Walk" is a hostage to fortune - I was stopped recently by a PCSO for cycling on Sutton Walk, which is clearly signposted as a shared use cycle route between Waterloo station and the South Bank - the street name being one of his many increasingly desperate arguments that it was a "footway" (actually a term legally defined as an area reserved for pedestrians alongside a carriageway).

I have actually used Blackfriars Pier. During a Tube strike some years ago they were running a free service from there to the Waterloo Pier. With all the casting off, turning round, boarding one at a time etc, it wasn't much faster than walking (this was before Boris Bikes) but I used it for the novelty of a direct public transport service between those points - something that has been missing since they diverted the 76 bus in 1992 to go the long way round.
Ironically, I bet none of these trendy 'Public Realm' thingies resulting from the Pee & Poo Pipe project will include a public loo.

The Victorians did things properly, realising that a civilised society needs readily available public loos everywhere.

Sadly, the bean counters we're lumbered with today only see them as inconveniences and have closed virtually the whole lot.

But where do they expect people to go when they need to go?
I hope one of the new retail spaces is a pub. That would provide a toilet, and drinking by the river is a good use of that large new area of reclaimed land.
I agree that public toilet provision today is much worse than it was 100+ years ago.

Sadly, though, this is probably an unfortunate side-effect of the general flattening of wage levels. Toilet cleaners have to be paid the minimum wage, and that makes it hard to fund them out of rates, much of which are paid by other people on or near the same minimum wage.
I happened to be passing this lunchtime, and can report that:

1. I still have no idea where Bazalgette Walk is

2. At low tide you get a very clear view of the Fleet outfall from the top of the ramp to the new pier.

3. Contrary to Gerry's fears, there are new public toilets on the Embankment right opposite the new pier (presumably replacing the ones opposite the old pier, which have been closed)
A good update DG. One for pedant's corner perhaps but the project is no longer being financed or managed by Thames Water but by Bazalgette Tunnel Limited.
New steps from the station? Does that mean it will be possible to get up from the riverside path (coming from the east) without having to walk under both bridges and back again through the underpass?

dg writes: Not quite. The new steps and lift are on the eastern flank of Blackfriars Bridge, so you'll still have to walk under the railway bridge.
I was also intrigued to find out where Bazalgatte Walk was. It appears to be the ramp up from Victoria Embankment to Blackfriars Bridge:
i.e. currently the only link between EW and NS superhighways will be diverted for four years - not sure how as the only other ramp up to Blackfriars bridge currently has two busy lanes of traffic - perhaps that will be shut to traffic instead!
Thanks - I too was struggling to precisely locate Bazalgatte Walk. Cyclists will know all too well in two months time, when it's closed.
I always use the north slip road anyway, because
1. The phasing of the lights at the top of the ramp on the south slip is very badly arranged for cyclists, who have to stop two or even three times to negotiate the junction
2 you can't get to the south slip from Temple Avenue or Carmelite Street
3 the south slip is steeper.

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