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Railway viaducts may have to be replaced

Engineers survey the damage caused by Friday nights terrorist attack in Londons Docklands

ENGINEERS fear that viaducts on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) may have to be replaced, after suffering major structural damage in Friday nights bomb blast.

The massive bomb went off directly beneath the railway, now closed between Canary Wharf and Island Gardens.

The police search for clues meant that DLR engineers had been unable to carry out a detailed structural survey as Construction News went to press.

Consultant DHV UK and other specialists are helping the DLR to assess the effect of the blast on the railways structures.

A DLR spokesman said: There are some signs that there could be damage. We have had people close to the area but we cant get underneath the

railway because the police are searching for clues.

The spokesman said a full structural survey would be carried out by the end of this week.

Meanwhile, borough engineers from Tower Hamlets were working throughout the weekend and into this week assessing the extent of the damage.

Early estimates put the cost at between 75 million and 150 million.

An accurate estimate may not be made for many days.

Flying glass caused most of the injuries to the hundreds of people still working or socialising in the area when the bomb exploded at 7:01pm on Friday.

While it is clear the buildings need recladding, it is still not certain how much structural damage has been done.

But according to figures from London property analyst APR, more than 800,000 sq ft of office space was damaged in the blast.