The expansion of the Docklands Light Railway has stalled in recent years but the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has now announced that he intends to approve an extension across the Thames from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead to support the growth of business and housing in East and South East London.
The DLR extension is just one of a number of new river crossing the Mayor wants to build in the next five to 10 years which also includes:
* A new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf
* A series of enhancements to be made to the proposals for Silvertown Tunnel to make it greener and more public transport focussed
* Further assessment work for a Barking Riverside-Abbey Wood London Overground crossing
* Further assessment of a North Greenwich-Isle of Dogs ferry
The Mayor has instructed Transport for London to take forward the DLR extension from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead. This is said to help to support new housing developments and air quality by improving conditions for walking and cycling, and encouraging Londoners to take public transport. It would help support the development of around 17,000 new homes across Newham and the Royal Borough of Greenwich in the next 10 years.
The majority of the funding for all these planned projects would come through third-party developer contributions and existing Community Infrastructure Levies.