TfL to extend DLR to Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead for enhanced connectivity

Posted: 9 February 2024 | | No comments yet

TfL’s DLR extension proposal promises to address London’s evolving transport and housing needs, with stakeholders and the public playing integral roles in its development and realisation.

TfL extends DLR to Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead for enhanced connectivity

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it is seeking public input on extending the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead via Beckton Riverside. The proposal includes two new stations in collaboration with Greenwich and Newham boroughs. The consultation, open from 5 February to 18 March 2024, aims to gather feedback to shape the scheme towards the Outline Business Case stage.

The extension aims to support housing, regeneration and transport needs in Thamesmead and Beckton. TfL collaborates with various stakeholders, aiming to bolster public transport to accommodate London’s projected growth by 2041. The proposed DLR extension would connect Opportunity Areas and development sites, echoing the success of the 2009 Woolwich Arsenal extension.

Anticipating significant population growth, the extension is essential to accommodate future housing demands. It aims to unlock 25,000-30,000 new homes along the route while reducing carbon emissions and enhancing connectivity.

The project aligns with broader economic goals, supporting job creation and the UK supply chain. It promises to create up to 10,000 jobs and facilitate faster journeys across East London.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I’m excited for TfL to launch this consultation - extending the DLR will unlock huge opportunities for London, support tens of thousands of new homes, deliver new transport connections and boost the economy, supporting the creation of thousands of jobs.”

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Alex Williams, TfL’s Chief Customer and Strategy Officer, said: “This important public consultation will ensure we can get feedback from those who may benefit from the extension in future to help shape the scheme as we progress through to the next stages of planning.”

TfL and partners aim to secure funding for construction by 2025, targeting an operational extension by the early 2030s. In addition, TfL plans to introduce new trains and bus routes to accommodate growing demand.

While exploring alternative transport options, TfL finds that only the DLR extension can adequately serve the area’s needs. The proposed Superloop route and upgrades to existing DLR stations further enhance connectivity.

Government funding pledges support for housing, town centre improvements and job accessibility, pending business case approval. Future consultations will address a proposed bus transit scheme from Woolwich to Abbey Wood via Thamesmead.

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