The existing Pudding Mill Lane DLR station is located where the Crossrail route reaches the surface and so a new station needs to be built. London Borough of Newham’s strategic development committee has now approved the work and given the go-ahead.
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.
The replacement DLR station, designed by Weston Williamson, will be constructed immediately to the south, between the River Lea and City Mill River.
The existing DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane, built in 1996, 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.
A lot of development is 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. It 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.
London Rail chief operating officer Howard Smith 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.”
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) that 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.
Enabling works for Pudding Mill Lane Portal started last year and is on schedule to be completed at the end of 2011. Main construction for Pudding Mill Lane Portal is now underway by Morgan Sindall.