Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has awarded the first of three major construction contracts to Skanska in partnership with GrantRail to build the £211M DLR extension to Stratford International, a key part of the transport plans for the 2012 Games.
Work will start immediately, scheduled to complete in February 2009. Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: 'The award of this contract is an important step in the progress of the transformation of London's transport network after many years of underinvestment.'The extension will offer visitors and local residents a more frequent and reliable train service through Newham, with four new fully accessible stations, and will be a crucial link to Stratford International and the Olympic Park.'The extension will be formed by converting the existing railway between Stratford and Royal Victoria (previously run by Silverlink Metro) to DLR operation, and building the new rail link between Stratford and Stratford International.The contract also involves the construction of two new platforms on the north side of Stratford station, where North London Line national rail services will terminate, track alignment work to prepare for the new rail link between Stratford and Stratford International, and the construction of the shell and foundations of the new DLR station at Stratford International.Two DLR Stratford International Extension contracts will be awarded later in 2007. The first, due to be signed in the spring, involves the construction of a 'flying' junction at Canning Town station to allow Beckton services to cross over the Stratford International line.The second, due to be signed this summer, involves the conversion of the existing railway to DLR technology; the upgrading of existing stations to DLR standards; the construction of four new stations; and the formation of the new rail link between Stratford and Stratford International.