Saturday, 26 April 2014

Colne Brook - Colnbrook Bypass


The Colne Brook flows south westwards
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Industrial area along the Bypass

Post to the east Harmondsworth
Post to the south Poyle
Post to the west Colnbrook


Colnbrook By pass
Constructed as a single carriageway in 1929. The central reservations have been tarmacked and replaced with hatching and islands to prevent overtaking. It is thought that it originally had a parallel track which was used by the Road Research Laboratory for experimental road surfacing. In addition it is said that the carriage was duplicated for a distance to allow a straight section for speed trials. The road available to the general traffic formeds a loop on the north side of the private roadway, but was too narrow for its purpose. It seems likely that this loop was that formed by Lakeside Road.
Colne Brook Bridge.
Cavenham House.  In 1965 Cavenham Foods Ltd was set up by entrepreneur James Goldsmith and this was their head office. Cavenham Confectionery Ltd was created out of the merger of seven confectionery firms. In the 1970s it is described as a factory for Procea Bread Flour – also taken over by Goldsmith. Cavenham House was a 60s style block and is now the site of the Lakeside Industrial Estate
Lakeside Estate. Heavy haulage and logistics companies. Hellman’s Logistics on the site of Cavenham House.
Colnbrook Estate Halt. Opened 1961 and closed 1965.This was to serve the adjacent industrial estate and consisted of a concrete platform, a shelter and a hand painted sign. No trains were scheduled to stop there and potential passengers had to book a train to stop or wave to the driver. This was on the Staines West branch which closed in 1981 although some freight still runs on this part of the line.
Tantric blue. Gentleman’s club. Lap dancing pole dancing etc club. This was the Greyhound Inn previously The Chequers
Grundon Waste Management. Incinerator and related operations. This energy from waste plant was opened 2005-6. It has a capacity to burn 400,000 tonnes of waste a year made up; of municipal waste and Household Waste. It also deals with clinical waste. It is said to generate 30 megawatts of electricity sold to the National Grid. There is also a Materials Recycling Facility designed to handle 40,000 tonnes of pre-sorted recyclable waste from doorstep recycling. The building is on a brick base below an upper part with silver aluminium cladding. There is a distinctive curved roof clad in silver aluminium. A chimney stack protrudes through the roof and encased in metal hoops parallel to the curved roof.

Colnbrook West
Fishery. Old gravel workings run as a carp fishery

Lakeside Road
Building originally used as a steel stock mill, before being refitted to act as a cold store which closed in 2006.  It was built in 1975 and is described as ‘late Brutalist’.  The building had problems with its heat recovery system and its exterior needs constant cleaning.

Landfill Area
This is to the north of the bypass and east of the Colne Brook.  It was a gravel extraction site in the 1950s and 1960s and then used as landfill site in the 1970s and 1980s. The fields on the site are currently used for informal horse grazing.

Orlitts Lake
Fishery. Old gravel workings which is now a carp fishery.  The water comprises two waters; Big Orlitts and Little Orlitts
Lakeside Energy from Waste Education Centre. Dramatic circular lakeside building

Sources
Boyer Fisheries. Web site
Bucks County Council. Web site
Chocolate Memories. Web site
Grundon. Web site
Disused stations. Web site 
SABRE Old bypasses. Web site
Sir James Goldsmith. Wikipedia Web site
Slough Borough Council. Web site
Tantric Blue. Web site

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