►►Day one for Pudding Mill Lane station on London's DLR◀◀

London’s newest rail station opened today (28 April 2014), marking a major step forward for the Crossrail project.

A new Pudding Mill Lane station has been built for the Docklands Light Railway, just metres away from the old one, to make room for Crossrail as it emerges from its tunnel to approach Stratford in east London.

The concrete and glass station has been built during the past year near the London 2012 Olympic Park.

The original DLR station was built in 1996, nine years after the DLR line from Canary Wharf to Stratford opened. It closed on Good Friday, 18 April 2014.

Tunnelling on the 35-mile long Crossrail project is now 75% complete. and the line will open in 2018 from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east to Maidenhead in the west.

The project is on target to create jobs for 400 apprentices and has already provided 800 jobs for unemployed job seekers, with many attending training courses at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford.

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