Investment in transport has been the major catalyst for regeneration
In recent years, the Royal Docks has benefited from significant investment in the DLR, London City Airport, the Jubilee Line, and the Emirates Air Line. This will continue, with significant investment in transport infrastructure outlined in the Royal Docks' five-year delivery plan. Investment in transport will create better access to places of work and new homes, opening up new opportunities for businesses who need to attract talent, and creating a more efficient travel experience for local residents and visitors.
London City Airport’s £500m expansion will extend the Royal Docks’ global links, reaching as far as the Middle East and the north east of the USA.
Investment in the DLR network includes 43 new trains, a new depot at Beckton, and significant station upgrades. The building of the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel under the Thames in 2024 will connect North Greenwich to the Royal Docks. These investments will help create one of the best-connected places in the capital.
In addition, the Albert Island development at the eastern end of the Royal Docks has been shortlisted as a possible Institute of Technology, an innovation and research quarter with a focus on transport, engineering, and infrastructure.
The Elizabeth Line’s arrival in 2022 makes journey times into central London faster and easier, and bring London closer to what is the Royal Docks' most enduring asset: its 18.4km of waterfront.
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