Pudding Mill Lane DLR station

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Pudding Mill Lane Docklands Light Railway
Pudding Mill Lane, 2014.JPG
New station, opened in April 2014
Pudding Mill Lane is located in Greater London
Pudding Mill Lane
Pudding Mill Lane
Location of Pudding Mill Lane in Greater London
Location Stratford
Local authority London Borough of Newham
Managed by Docklands Light Railway
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2 and 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2007–08 0.255 million[2]
2008–09 0.681 million[2]
2010–11 1.204 million[3]
Key dates
15 January 1996 Opened
18 April 2014 Original station closed permanently
28 April 2014 Re-sited station opened
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°32′03″N 0°00′50″W / 51.5341°N 0.0138°W / 51.5341; -0.0138

Pudding Mill Lane is a station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in Stratford in east London. It opened in 1996 on the road of the same name, in a light industrial area. It is next to the Olympic Park; however, it was closed for the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games and reopened on 12 September 2012. The original island platform station was permanently closed on 18 April 2014 in order to allow for the construction of a ramp from the new Crossrail portal nearby. A new, larger station built a short distance to the south opened on 28 April 2014.[4]

The station is located on the DLR's Stratford branch, between the Bow Church and Stratford stations and is on the boundary between Travelcard Zone 2 and Zone 3.

History[edit]

Original station[edit]

Island platform at the original station

The plans for the DLR to Stratford included an option for a station at Pudding Mill Lane, to be called Stratford South. Funding was not available to build the station, but the location was one of two places safeguarded for future development, the other being Langdon Park.[5]

Pudding Mill Lane was opened on 15 January 1996. Previously this location had been a simple passing point for trains on the otherwise single-tracked section between Stratford and Bow Church.

The name of the station is taken from the nearby Pudding Mill Lane which, in turn, takes its name from the former Pudding Mill River, a minor tributary of the River Lea. This is believed to have taken its name from St. Thomas's Mill, a local water mill shaped like a pudding and commonly known as Pudding Mill.[6] The area had also been called Knob Hill up until the 1890s.[7]

When all the other platforms on the DLR's Stratford branch were extended to accommodate three-car trains, Pudding Mill Lane remained with a two-car platform, instead using selective door operation.[8] The lack of platform extensions in this case was due to the pending rebuild of the station.

During the 2012 Olympic Games, Pudding Mill Lane station was temporarily closed for safety reasons as, while ideally situated to serve the Olympic site, it was far too small to cope with the probable passenger numbers.[9]

The original station closed after the final service of 17 April 2014 (actually at 00:47 18 April) and the replacement opened on 28 April.

New station[edit]

New station platforms

Crossrail, due to open through the area in May 2019, has a tunnel portal to the east of the current Pudding Mill Lane site. The ramp from the portal to track level at Stratford station will pass directly through the original Pudding Mill lane station site, thus requiring a replacement station to be built on a new viaduct nearby.[10] The original station was demolished to make way for the new ramp, funded as part of the Crossrail project.[11] This work also permitted the upgrade of the only significant stretch of single track left on the DLR to be doubled.[12]

In July 2011, Newham Council's Strategic Development Committee approved plans by architect Weston Williamson for the new station. Sited just to the south of the old station, between the River Lea and City Mill River, it was built with a higher capacity to cope for new developments in the area. It has three-car platforms, better pedestrian links and access to buses, improved step-free access, and provision for escalators.[11][13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Boarders and Alighters by station 2007 8 2008 9 (DLR)" (XLS). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Transport for London. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "DLR Station Data for 1st April 2010 - 31st April 2011" (PDF). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2010-2011. Transport for London. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Mansfield, Ian (2014-04-16). "Last chance to use Pudding Mill Lane DLR station before it closes". IanVisits. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  5. ^ The DLR Story, London Docklands Development Corporation.
  6. ^ British History Online: Ancient Mills.
  7. ^ Hidden London: Pudding Mill Lane.
  8. ^ "Docklands Light Railway, a success story that spans a generation". Rail.co. 1 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "DLR and the Olympics". Transport for London. n.d. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Pudding Mill Lane Portal. Crossrail.
  11. ^ a b "Replacement DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane approved". European Railway Review. 25 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Broadbent, Giles (4 May 2011). "DLR sizes up network expansion". The Wharf (London). 
  13. ^ Morgan Sindall site briefing on 29-08-13
  14. ^ "Crossrail issues contract notice for final tunnel portal". Rail (Peterborough). 10 August 2011. p. 17. 

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