Have your say: Extending the Docklands Light Railway

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Have your say: Extending the Docklands Light Railway

Transport for London (TfL) would like to hear your views about their proposal to extend the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The preferred option is a cross-river extension of the DLR from Gallions Reach, with two new stations in Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead.

Below you can find out more about our preferred option, as well as other options we considered and the planned next steps for the scheme.

You have until 18 March 2024 to give us your feedback.

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Preferred option for long term public transport improvements

TfL have considered several options to find the right public transport solution to serve Thamesmead and Beckton Riverside. These options were reviewed and compared based on cost, how quickly they could be delivered, their impact on the existing transport network and communities, and whether they met the wider objectives of supporting the maximum opportunity for new homes, jobs, and connections to retail and leisure activities.

TfL would now like your feedback on our preferred option of a cross-river extension of the DLR from Gallions Reach. This would include a new station at Beckton Riverside, a tunnel under the River Thames, and a new station in Thamesmead.

As part of this programme but separately to this consultation, TfL are also looking at a new bus transit scheme from Woolwich to Abbey Wood via Thamesmead to support our shared vision for the delivery of new homes, improved town centres and better access to jobs. We will consult you on this at a later date.

TfL's assessments have shown that extending the DLR, building on providing a new bus transit scheme in Thamesmead in the shorter term, would:

  • Provide the transport capacity needed to support the construction of up to 25,000 to 30,000 new homes
  • Support development in Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead and create a new community for residents and visitors
  • Provide better connections and quicker journeys across the River Thames to areas like London City Airport, Stratford, Abbey Wood Elizabeth line station and Canary Wharf
  • Reduce car dependency by providing a high-quality public transport option, supporting a shift towards more sustainable transport and lower carbon emissions
  • Connect communities to new job opportunities on both sides of the River Thames, supporting up to 10,000 new jobs
  • Improve connections to east and central London both directly and by enabling easy interchange with the Jubilee line and Elizabeth line

TfL are still in the early stages of design and planning and will consider all feedback to this consultation when deciding whether to continue with the scheme.

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