Transport study costs £70,000

PUBLISHED: 10:33 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 25 August 2010

A DLR extension study was dubbed a PR exercise after council bosses missed a deadline for the mayor s transport plan.

A DLR extension study was dubbed a PR exercise after council bosses missed a deadline for the mayor's transport plan.

TfL has told to the Times it cannot afford an extension of the DLR to Eltham and Kidbrooke as it would face engineering problems whilst a feasibility study has already taken place.

Yet the Greenwich council-funded Eltham Regeneration Agency (ELA) has commissioned consultants to carry out a study on the feasibility of bringing the DLR to Eltham and Kidbrooke.

This comes after council bosses failed to submit a study towards the draft Mayor's Transport Strategy.

A spokesperson for Greenwich council said the study cost the ELA £70,000 from its £250,000 budget.

A spokesperson for TfL said: "Unfortunately, such a project would be extremely challenging to engineer and TfL has no funding to support it.

"However, we are always keen to hear new ideas and we look forward to the results of this research."

Leader of the opposition on Greenwich council, Spencer Drury, told the Times: "They have just taken the money and wasted it. If the council were serious about this, they would have got the study ready in time for the Mayor's Transport Strategy."

Deputy Leader of the council, Peter Brooks, said: "The Jubilee Line through North Greenwich, the DLR to Greenwich and Woolwich, or Crossrail through Abbey Wood and Woolwich - each required several years of detailed planning as well as financial and technical assessment.

"On many of these occasions, we were told there was no money or the case was 'not proven'.

"Only intensive lobbying by Greenwich council, businesses and local residents enabled us to bring these improvements to our borough."

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