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Locking Good: First 2012 structure comes out of the ground

Prescott Lock, the £18.9M tidal lock and flood control structure to the south of London's Olympic Park, is on track to allow freight barges to deliver construction materials to the 2012 site this summer, Dutch contractor Volker Stevin claimed this week.
Around 26,000t of soil have been excavated and 5,000t of sheet piling have been driven by the Dutch firm, which is working with consultant Tony Gee to deliver the project on behalf of client British Waterways.

The project involves the construction of a 62m x 8m lock, two flood control gates and a fish pass that together will keep the river water at one level, ensuring the rivers running through the Olympic Park are navigable.

This could allow freight deliveries equivalent to taking up to 500,000 lorries off London's roads.

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