The Magical Moving DLR Station

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 103 months ago
The Magical Moving DLR Station

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TfL are selling the new DLR station at South Quay, which opened this morning, as a sleight of hand worthy of Derren Brown at his best: "without any disruption to passengers", according to a press release, engineers "effectively moved a station" over the weekend. Well, they didn't, really: instead, a £30 million new station has been constructed over the past two years, lying 125 metres away from the old one. The reason? South Quay's original location on a curve meant the platform's couldn't be extended to accommodate the DLR's new three-car trains, so a new one had to be built from scratch. A blot in the copybook of the DLR's original planners, but gold stars all round for the engineers, who managed to build the whole thing without the line or the old station being closed once. The next major headache for Docklands travellers will be the closure of Bank's DLR platforms this winter.

Last Updated 26 October 2009

lestmak
"A blot in the copybook of the DLR's original planners, but gold stars all round for the engineers, who managed to build the whole thing without the line or the old station being closed once."

Well, if you don't count the numerous weekend closures last the weekend just gone...

Dave

I don't really rate the DLR's planners much. Which other train operator has had to rebuild the same station twice in 8 years to enable network/train upgrades?

jamesup

I think that's a touch unfair; which other UK Train operator has handled a tripling of demand in the last decade?

Never forget that the basics of the DLR were built at bargin prices, in a rush, to support a low rise office park - I think TfL and Serco have done a rather amazing job at adapting to it's new life, even if the last year has been a bit of a nightmare...