Construction teams work over Christmas to move Docklands Light Railway tracks

Major engineering works to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) tracks were completed over the holidays to create space for the new Crossrail line being built through east London.

A team of 200 workers were out on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day to move both tracks of the DLR route, next to the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.

Bill Tucker, Crossrail central area director, said: “Engineers worked around the clock over the Christmas break to complete these important track works as planned.

“The completion of this DLR track work paves the way for construction of Victoria Dock Portal to begin, a key part of the Crossrail route in east London.”

In total, some 420 metres of twin DLR tracks were realigned to create space for Crossrail trains, which will pass through 37 stations from Shenfield and Abbey Wood east of the capital and Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west.

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The �14.8bn project is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London and is set to open in 2018.

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