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Station clash may force Olympic centre move

A CLASH BETWEEN Crossrail and London Olympic plans could force the redesign or relocation of the Olympic Park's £134M International Broadcast Centre, it emerged this week.

Crossrail is likely to force the relocation of a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station on to the site of the broadcast centre to make way for one of the Crossrail tunnel portals.

The Crossrail line will run east of Paddington station in tunnel, splitting in Shoreditch with one branch emerging at the current site of Pudding Mill Lane DLR station.

Crossrail head of public affairs Bernard Gambrill said the DLR station was likely to be moved south on to the proposed site of the broadcast centre.

The centre will accommodate 17,000 journalists during the London Olympics in 2012 and has a site footprint of 65,030m 2. A detailed timetable for Crossrail, which will link rail lines east and west of London has yet to be published.

But even if work on the rail project starts after the London Games, the clash of sites will remain because it is intended that the broadcast centre will become a media production centre and firm studio after 2012.

DLR project manager Robert Niven said there were several options for relocating the new station, including incorporating it within the International Broadcast Centre, but added that costs would increase by pushing the station too far south of the existing alignment.

The London Development Agency (LDA), currently responsible for the construction of the Olympic Park, refused to comment on whether the broadcast centre would have to be moved.

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