This article reports on the extension of the London Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Greenwich and Lewisham; it includes a route map. On 20 November 1999, this line and most of the Jubilee Line Extension were both opened to passengers. The new 200M, 4.2km long Lewisham Link of the DLR was opened two months ahead of the schedule published when work began in October 1996. The Lewisham Link leaves the original line of the DLR through a tunnel under the River Thames. It also has significant interchanges with the UK's national rail network at Greenwich and Lewisham, and a new underground station in the heart of Greenwich. Its route has been planned carefully, to take advantage of the gradients and curves possible for a light railway in the limited space available in an urban environment. Trains run every 4-8min at peak times, every 8-12min at most other times, and every 12-15min early in the morning and late at night. The 1.08km of twin tube tunnels were bored in just under a year, using a purpose-built 180t tunnel boring machine (TBM); they pass through variable ground including gravel, sand, clay, and limestone. The new Cutty Sark station at Greenwich is built in a concrete box 60m long by 23m wide, with diaphragm walls 28.5m deep and 1.2m thick. Other works on the line include the 800m long Deptford Viaduct.

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    Ian Allan Publishing, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • CORDNER, D
  • Publication Date: 2000-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 31-4,37-8
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 57
    • Issue Number: 616
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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  • Accession Number: 00790272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM