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Replacement DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane approved and will enable Crossrail tunnels to proceed

By Jonathan Baggs

Replacement DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane approved and will enable Crossrail tunnels to proceed

Impression: replacement Pudding Mill Lane DLR, designed by Weston Williamson

  • London Borough of Newham approves plans for replacement DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane

  • Existing DLR station will remain open until new station is complete

  • Crossrail works at Pudding Mill Lane progressing well

Newham’s Strategic Development Committee has approved plans for a replacement Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station at Pudding Mill Lane.

The existing Pudding Mill Lane DLR station is located where the Crossrail route reaches the surface and therefore a new station needs to be constructed. The replacement DLR station will be constructed immediately to the south, between the River Lea and City Mill River.

The existing DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane will remain open to passengers until the new station is complete in 2013. Construction of the new DLR station will get underway later this year.

The new station will be purpose built to accommodate longer three-car DLR trains as well as providing improved step-free access. Outside the station, there will be a large open space which will link into wider pedestrian routes as well as providing connections with local bus routes. Significant levels of development are taking place in the Pudding Mill Lane area and the station has been designed to accommodate future increases in passenger demand as well as to incorporate escalators at a later date.

Howard Smith, London Rail’s Chief Operating Officer said: “TfL  welcomes the opportunity presented by Crossrail’s construction to provide DLR passengers with a brand new station at Pudding Mill Lane.

“The new station will be able to accommodate many more passengers than the existing station which will support future development as well as the future use of the Olympic stadium.”

The Crossrail Act 2008 granted outline planning permission for the replacement station, while allowing the London Borough of Newham to approve details in relation to external design and materials as well as boundary walls, fences and lighting.

Five new tunnel portals will be constructed as part of Crossrail at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane, North Woolwich, Victoria Dock and Plumstead.

The Crossrail works at Pudding Mill Lane involve the construction of 300m long tunnel portal structure and a 120m long approach ramp. It is these works which require the rebuilding of the existing DLR station further south.

The Pudding Mill Lane portal site will receive the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) which will create the Crossrail tunnels from Stepney Green. The first TBM will arrive at Pudding Mill Lane in spring 2014 and the second in summer 2014.

Once operational, Crossrail trains will emerge from the central section tunnels at Pudding Mill Lane, using the portal structure and ramp to join the Great Eastern Main Line to make their way towards Shenfield. DLR passengers will be able to interchange with Crossrail at Stratford station.

Enabling works for Pudding Mill Lane Portal started over a year ago and are on schedule to be completed at the end of 2011. Main construction for Pudding Mill Lane Portal is now underway.

Due to the close proximity of the Crossrail worksite to the Olympic Park, work on Pudding Mill Lane Portal will be suspended during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.


Notes to Editors

Pudding Mill Lane DLR station opened in 1996.

The new Pudding Mill Lane DLR station has been designed by Weston Williamson. Images are available on request from the Crossrail Press Office.

Construction of C350 – Pudding Mill Lane Portal is being undertaken by Morgan Sindall (Infrastructure) Limited.

A total of 21 km of twin-bore tunnel is required to be constructed for Crossrail.

The five tunnels to be constructed are:

  • Royal Oak to Farringdon west (Drive X) - length of drive approximately 6.2 km;
  • Limmo Peninsula in the Royal Docks to Farringdon east (Drive Y) - length of drive approximately 8.3 km;
  • Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane (Drive Z) - length of drive approximately 2.7 km;
  • Limmo Peninsula in the Royal Docks to Victoria Dock Portal (Drive G) - length of drive approximately 0.9 km; and
  • Plumstead to North Woolwich (Drive H) - length of drive approximately 2.6 km.

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.