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Pudding Mill Lane DLR station

Pudding Mill Lane is a light metro station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Stratford-Lewisham Line in the Pudding Mill, East London. It opened in 1996 on the road of the same name, once a light industrial area. Now being redeveloped into housing. 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.[5]

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 Pudding Mill
Local authority London Borough of Newham
Managed by Docklands Light Railway
Owner Transport for London
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 2 and 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012 Increase 0.697 million[2]
2013 Increase 0.708 million[3]
2014 Increase 0.779 million[3]
2015 Decrease 0.766 million[3]
2016 Increase 0.769 million[4]
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
WGS84 51°32′03″N 0°00′50″W / 51.5341°N 0.0138°W / 51.5341; -0.0138Coordinates: 51°32′03″N 0°00′50″W / 51.5341°N 0.0138°W / 51.5341; -0.0138
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

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.

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HistoryEdit

Original stationEdit

 
Island platform at the original station

The plans for the DLR to Stratford included an option for a station at Pudding Mill Lane. 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.[6]

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.[7] The area had also been called Knob Hill up until the 1890s.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

The original station closed after the final service of 17 April 2014[11] (actually at 00:47 18 April)[citation needed] and the replacement opened on 28 April.[12]

New stationEdit

 
New station platforms

Crossrail, due to open through the area in May 2019, has a tunnel portal to the east of the original 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.[13] The original station was demolished to make way for the new ramp, funded as part of the Crossrail project.[14] This work also permitted the upgrade of the only significant stretch of single track left on the DLR to be doubled.[15]

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.[14][16][17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Up-to-date DLR entry/exit statistics for each station" (XLSX). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Mansfield, Ian (2014-04-16). "Last chance to use Pudding Mill Lane DLR station before it closes". IanVisits. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  6. ^ The DLR Story, London Docklands Development Corporation.
  7. ^ British History Online: Ancient Mills.
  8. ^ Hidden London: Pudding Mill Lane.
  9. ^ "Docklands Light Railway, a success story that spans a generation". Rail.co. 1 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "DLR and the Olympics". Transport for London. n.d. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Work gears up to deliver a bigger and better Pudding Mill Lane station after Easter". Transport for London. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "New DLR station opens at Pudding Mill Lane". Transport for London. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Pudding Mill Lane Portal. Crossrail.
  14. ^ a b "Replacement DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane approved". European Railway Review. 25 July 2011. 
  15. ^ Broadbent, Giles (4 May 2011). "DLR sizes up network expansion". The Wharf. London. 
  16. ^ Morgan Sindall site briefing on 29-08-13
  17. ^ "Crossrail issues contract notice for final tunnel portal". Rail. Peterborough. 10 August 2011. p. 17. 

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