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Commuters' delight as new station opens its doors

PUBLISHED: 16:07 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:00 25 August 2010

A STATION that will connect thousands of residents to the underground network was opened by the Mayor of London.

A STATION that will connect thousands of residents to the underground network was opened by the Mayor of London.

Woolwich Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Station was opened in Powis Street, Woolwich, on Monday by Boris Johnson.

The station will allow residents to commute directly to work in the Docklands or into the City of London's financial district.

The launch precludes the planned opening of a Crossrail station in Woolwich Arsenal which is anticipated to include a cinema, hotel and shops.

Greenwich council organised a celebration of the area's redevelopment programme in the town centre on Saturday with entertainers and a 'train' ride along Powis Street.

Chris Roberts, leader of Greenwich council, said: "There is tremendous pride in Woolwich at the arrival of the DLR after 10 years of campaigning and lobbying.

"This is a major catalyst in creating a new Woolwich and is a fantastic boost to the regeneration going on in the area." The area is also due to gain a Tesco store and 1,000 new homes in Love Lane.

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