The station provides a seamless connection between the Docklands Light Railway, Silverlink Metro (formerly the North London Line) and extensive bus services connecting local residential areas of east London. Access to City Airport is opened via the DLR. Shoe-horning three sets of railway lines between the River Lea, the A13 and the busy Silvertown Way, all beneath high voltage electricity cables, called for consultant Kenchington Ford - later taken over by WSP - and contractor John Mowlem to look for radical solutions.
Pushing the station into the ground and constructing a double decked incrementally launched glued segmental track and platform cantilever decks for the DLR was the cleverly designed answer.
Bachy-Cementation built a 21.5m deep diaphragm wall directly below the high voltage cables as part of the JLE concourse construction, only 2m from the DLR. Reinforcement had to be lowered in three stages and coupled as it slid into trenches.
But the contract also saw the consultant and detailing sub consultant Harris & Sutherland dragged through the courts by London Underground after a row developed over the design and over withheld fees dueto WSP.
After much legal wrangling, a judge eventually threw the case out last November and awarded WSP £448,000 in fees - around half of its original claim - plus costs, and cleared H&S of a negligence charge. LUL maintains that it was a case it had to bring 'as there was a lot of public money at stake'.
West Ham Station
The station provides a vital interchange with the Hammersmith & City Line linking JLE passengers to east London residential areas. The station also connects with the Silverlink Metro and so provides an important link to routes into both the Docklands area and to theWest End.
This grand station forms not only the terminus for the Jubilee Line but also provides an important link to the Silverlink Metro, Central Line and eventually, to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and CrossRail services - if constructed into central London. New subways link the Tube and mainlines and will see around 10,000 passengers using the JLE in weekday morning rush hour and also ease travel for shoppers. A new bus station alongside provides links with the outlying regions. The goal for the station was to create something worthy of Stratford's potential new role as the major London transport interchange of the future. Stratford is also site of the new train depot for the JLE at the old market site. Constructed just south of the new station complex, the huge facility will be home to all maintenance and repairs for the entire Jubilee Line fleet.