Docklands Light Railway train with Canary Wharf skyscrapers in the background

Finally a railway plan for the east of London

Docklands Light Railway with Canary Wharf skyscrapers (TfL Flickr Feed) Transport for London / Flickr

Despite funding fears, Transport for London (TfL) and its stakeholder partners are progressing public transport proposals for the under-served communities of Thamesmead and Beckton Riverside in the east of London. The proposals, which are subject to a detailed review of options, include a potential extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from the north bank of the River Thames at Gallions Reach to Thamesmead via Beckton Riverside, boosting connectivity and providing new journey options for east London. Significantly, it would directly connect the neighbourhoods to the financial district of Canary Wharf, which would undoubtedly be a huge economic boost.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is UK correspondent for RailTech.com and Railfreight.com

1 comment op “Finally a railway plan for the east of London”

Adrian Baron|12.02.24|19:45

Wouldn’t a branch from Thamesmead to Gallions Reach simply overload the DLR, and also involve changes onto tube lines at Bank which is also extremely crowded?

Why not have the “potential eastern extension” from Thamesmead built at the same time as the cross-river connection to Gallions Reach and heading in a wide curve roughly southwest to a terminus under or beside the existing Abbey Wood station? This would provide excellent western connections to London by NR and Elizabeth Line.

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Docklands Light Railway train with Canary Wharf skyscrapers in the background

Finally a railway plan for the east of London

Docklands Light Railway with Canary Wharf skyscrapers (TfL Flickr Feed) Transport for London / Flickr

Despite funding fears, Transport for London (TfL) and its stakeholder partners are progressing public transport proposals for the under-served communities of Thamesmead and Beckton Riverside in the east of London. The proposals, which are subject to a detailed review of options, include a potential extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from the north bank of the River Thames at Gallions Reach to Thamesmead via Beckton Riverside, boosting connectivity and providing new journey options for east London. Significantly, it would directly connect the neighbourhoods to the financial district of Canary Wharf, which would undoubtedly be a huge economic boost.

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Author: Simon Walton

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1 comment op “Finally a railway plan for the east of London”

Adrian Baron|12.02.24|19:45

Wouldn’t a branch from Thamesmead to Gallions Reach simply overload the DLR, and also involve changes onto tube lines at Bank which is also extremely crowded?

Why not have the “potential eastern extension” from Thamesmead built at the same time as the cross-river connection to Gallions Reach and heading in a wide curve roughly southwest to a terminus under or beside the existing Abbey Wood station? This would provide excellent western connections to London by NR and Elizabeth Line.

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