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Details: Time for some more bird's-eye views, starting with this one that actually covers two distinct locations. Anyone with knowledge of London's railways should recognise the jumble of tracks here as being those around Stewarts Lane Depot in Battersea. The large shed in the top left corner is the main part of the depot, currently used by Southern and Gatwick Express. The railway lines running across this view are those between Wandsworth Road and Victoria (which split at Factory Junction then rejoin at Battersea Pier Junction). There are also routes towards Clapham Junction/Kensington Olympia and Waterloo, the latter no longer used following the diversion of Eurostar services to St. Pancras. Anyway, what about the service vehicle locations? At the top left edge of this view is Abellio's Battersea Garage, opened in 1996 on former railway land. Near the centre of the view are two industrial units with irregular shapes. You may just be able to make out a Volvo Emergency Response Unit tender parked outside the building on the left, and this is indeed Battersea ERU depot. Opened in 2009 as a replacement for the facility at Vauxhall, tenders from here would be the first responders to any incidents on the southern sections of the underground network. Though the new location is just half a mile south of the previous one, the access seems a bit less convenient. The roads running northwards are all blocked off, and all traffic must first head south to Wandsworth Road.

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