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Successful DLR beam lift moves three car trains closer

Vinci Construction has lifted into place two 110t precast concrete beams at East India Station in East London as part of its £208M design and build contract to upgrade Docklands Light Railway (DLR) infrastructure to allow it to carry three-carriage trains.

Piled foundations and concrete support columns were constructed on site in preparation for the extension which involved the 30m long beams being lifted into position by a tandem lift using two 500t cranes.

The beams had previously been fitted with backscreen steelwork, platform drainage and electrical ductwork.  Pre-finished platform slabs were then installed, along with back screen glazing, all in a 52 hour weekend possession.

The work will extend platforms by 30m on each side of the track to accommodate the extra carriage. Through careful planning and the efficiencies of the construction methods, the site team consolidated what would have been a two month project into two days, substantially reducing disruption to the railway and nearby residents.

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