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DLR northern extension gets underway

Construction of the northern extension to London's Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will get under way this month, it was confirmed yesterday.
The line will be extended to Stratford by connecting it to the existing North London Line (NLL), adding 4.7km to the light rail system.The link is part of expansion and improvement works for the east London public transport system in time for the 2012 Olympics.Skanska was yesterday confirmed as the main contractor for the £238M scheme, working in a 50/50 joint venture with GrantRail to deliver the £67M main construction element. This involves conversion of existing NLL rail, upgrade of NLL stations and the building of an additional 1.2km DLR link between Stratford and Stratford International stations.Four new station buildings will be created for the link including one at Stratford International, where passengers will be able to change to the new high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link trains.Skanska's share of the project is worth £33.5M and completion of the scheme is scheduled for 2010. Client is Transport for London.

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