Crossrail shunts DLR down the track to make way for tunnel opening

The next stage in pushing Crossrail further into East London has been given the green light.

A DLR station is being ‘shunted’ a few hundred yards to make room for Crossrail’s Whitechapel tunnel to come up to the surface the other side of the River Lea just east of Bow Bridge.

The Pudding Mill Lane stop on DLR’s Poplar-Stratford branch is in the way. So a new station is to be built further west, closer to Bow Bridge, to make room for a 400ft-long ramp from the deep-level tunnel up to the surface where it will link up with the Great Eastern Main Line.

The existing station stays open for passengers until the new station is complete in 2013.

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