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‘Game changing’ plans announced to extend DLR to Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 13:18 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2016

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A new package of river crossing could be built within the next 10 years

Thamesmead is set to have better connections to east London under proposals released today by the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan has highlighted a new set of crossings across east and south east London, which will include a DLR extension to the area.

The plans will also assess a London Overground crossing from Barking Riverside to Abbey Wood.

“I have long called for public transport river crossings” said Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce.

“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.”

Announcing the plans, the Labour mayor said: “It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east.

“With new homes and economic growth across east London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.

“But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact, and that’s why I’ve reviewed and improved plans for Silvertown Tunnel and why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling.”

The Silvertown Tunnel proposal would connect the Greenwich Peninsula with west Silvertown.

Current estimates suggest the new crossings, along with the future Elizabeth line, will all be delivered within the next five to ten years.

Local housing group Peabody are set to develop thousands of homes alongside the development.

Executive director for Thamesmead, John Lewis, said: “This announcement 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.”

What do you think? Email us at luke.may@archant.co.uk.

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