DLR extension from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead
The move will unlock thousands of new homes.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has instructed Transport for London (TfL) to take forward a new extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead. The move will enable thousands of new homes for Londoners in the north of the town.
The Mayor's Office says: "A DLR crossing will help to support new housing developments and air quality by improving conditions for walking and cycling, and encouraging Londoners to take public transport."
The new crossings would be the seventh extension in the DLR network's 29-year history and would help support development of around 17,000 new homes across Newham and the Royal Borough of Greenwich in the next 10 years.
Peabody is investing over £1bn in the regeneration of the town. A DLR station will unlock an additional 11,500 homes in Thamesmead alone as well as accelerating the development of a new town centre close to the river.
Welcoming the announcement of DLR to Thamesmead, Cllr Denise Hyland (seen above), Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said:
"Thamesmead is undergoing huge regeneration with a new Housing Zone that will deliver new homes and it is vital we have the transport infrastructure in place to ensure its success."
John Lewis, Peabody Executive Director Thamesmead said:
"Today's announcement of a DLR extension to Thamesmead will enable Peabody and our partners to deliver 11,500 more new homes within a new affordable riverside community at North Thamesmead.
"It will provide fantastic transport links for the existing community, attract new businesses to the area, create a vibrant town centre and drive the economy in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.
"As London's New Town, Thamesmead is an area of outstanding potential and with a DLR station will become one of London’s most desirable areas to live, work and visit."
Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead, Teresa Pearce said:
"I have long called for public transport river crossings and I welcome today's announcement from the Mayor which will encourage growth, reduce travel times and expand opportunities.
"Connecting the South-East and East of London is vital not only to allow the capital’s economy to grow and thrive, but to boost connectivity in our local area. Bringing the DLR to Thamesmead is a game-changer and fulfils the promises made when Thamesmead was built over 50 years ago."
Above: John Lewis, Peabody Executive Director Thamesmead, and Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich, get ready to welcome DLR to Thamesmead.
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