Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 2 - page 31

The new Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
Pudding Mill Lane station has opened to
the public for the first time.
The station, along with ‘double-tracked’
rails that link it to the wider DLR network,
will boost capacity to enable the railway to
carry an extra 1,100 passengers per hour
and deliver improved service reliability on
the increasingly popular route between
Stratford and CanaryWharf/Lewisham.
The Pudding Mill Lane station project
was undertaken with Crossrail, which has
moved the location of the previous station
to make room for a tunnel portal for one
of its new lines, as part of Europe’s largest
infrastructure project.
From the end of 2018, Crossrail trains
will emerge from the new tunnels at
Pudding Mill Lane and join existing rail lines
through northeast London to Essex. DLR
passengers will be able to interchange with
Crossrail, London Underground, London
Overground and National Rail at Stratford
station.
In a major piece of civil engineering,
Crossrail’s works involved building the
new Weston Williamson-designed station,
as well as a tunnel portal and approach
ramp.
Careful management of works was
required because of the site’s close prox-
imity to vital sewerage and power util-
ities, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, live
National Rail and DLR lines and an entry
portal for Crossrail tunnel boring ma-
chines heading towards the City.
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