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Site relocation

National Grid is building a cable tunnel from Bexley to Woolwich to cope with increased electricity demands in London. This project was first proposed in 2008, at which time we were warned that our miniature railway site, at Falconwood, would be required for one of the Tunnel Head-houses and that, consequently, we would have to relocate. The project was then put “on hold” and we were given various dates when the project was likely to restart – all of which passed with no activity.

We have now been told that the site will definitely be required by National Grid in 2020.

We do not have a definite date when we will need to be off the site, but we should be able to hold Public Running Days and Parties for the early part of 2020. If we remain on site, we plan to hold a Santa Special in December.

Meanwhile, we continue to negotiate to plan the relocation of the Welling and District Model Engineering Society facilities and its Miniature Railway. As soon as we have any updated information, we will post it on this site and notices will be posted at our Miniature Railway at remaining Public events this year. In addition, we have set up an if you have any questions about W&DMES activities, or the relocation progress.