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16.08.13

DLR double-tracking to boost capacity

Capacity works for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are set to begin, increasing the number of journeys from 5,500 to 6,600 per hour.

TfL will first install a second set of tracks from Pudding Mill Lane station to Waterworks River, complementing double tracking being undertaken at the western end of the route as part of the wider Crossrail redevelopment. 

Double tracking between Bow Church and Stratford will be delivered in three phases and will provide the ability to run 15 trains per hour. The works will be complete in Spring 2014 and will allow DLR passengers to interchange with Crossrail services from 2019.

Transport for London’s director of rail, Jonathan Fox, said: “This work will bring a real boost to the service enjoyed by the thousands of passengers who use this route and help to encourage even more people on to the DLR.

“In addition, when the Pudding Mill Lane upgrade project is completed and a new station with the biggest capacity on the DLR is opened, it will provide excellent access for people travelling to events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“This contribution to the continued post-Olympics regeneration of this part of London has come about due to close and effective collaboration with our Crossrail colleagues.”

Howard Smith, Crossrail operations director said: “Crossrail is working very closely with Transport for London to make sure that the improvements are carried out with as little disruption as possible to DLR services. Pudding Mill Lane marks the site where trains travelling from Essex and northeast London will enter the new Crossrail tunnels and take passengers through to central London and beyond.”

Work to connect the new double tracking to the existing DLR network will take place during Spring 2014.

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Comments

Ricp   16/08/2013 at 20:33

This piece contains a fundamental error. The DLR is already double track from Bow Church to Poplar and Canary Wharf. The section between Stratford to Bow Church is single track, with a passing loop at Pudding Mill Lane. To accommodate the new Crossrail tracks that will run between the tunnel mouth at Bow and the link to the 'Electric' lines at Stratford, the DLR tracks are being realigned and doubled over this section,along with a new station at Pudding Mill Lane. Doubling this section will enable up more than four trains to use this section as they will not need to wait to pass at Pudding Mill Lane. Stratford Regional will thus have two separate DLR stations giving the potential for up to 30 trains per hour!

RTM   19/08/2013 at 15:03

Thanks for highlighting this, we've updated the piece to clarify which section is to be doubled.

Nonsuchmike   07/06/2014 at 18:43

Well, it is now one week beyond the end of Spring 2014. Has all the work from Stratford to Bow Church been completed and dualled as announced in the above article? Has the new Pudding Mill Lane station been completed? Are both tracks operational? I ask as I haven't seen any announcement about the work having been completed, which may well be the case. Or have deadlines slipped and we are the hostages to the Government/TFL/banks who haven't released the money for the work to be completed on time? Are there 15 trains per hour, or is that 15 trains per hour in each direction, at peak times? We would all like to know. After all, who suffers most when there are delays, closures, alternative bus transport, etc? Only the poor punters who use the line every day - Oh! - and of course we Tax payers.

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