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London City Airport Gets DLR Extension

The proposed extension to Docklands Light Railway to link London City Airport directly to the centre moved an important step closer.

Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, has granted Docklands Light Railway Ltd the necessary powers and planning permission to build the new line which will connect business and communities in east London and the City. The additional regeneration benefits to the area will be enormous.

Docklands Light Railway Ltd applied to the Secretary of State for an order under the Transport and Works Act to authorise them to build a 4.4 km extension to the Docklands Light Railway. This extension would branch off the existing railway at Canning Town and run to London City Airport and then on to North Woolwich. The works would include four new stations, with the possibility of a fifth if required. The stations are: Thames Wharf (possibly fifth station), West Silvertown, Pontoon Dock, London City Airport and King George V.

The Secretary of State has accepted the recommendation of the Inspector and has decided to make the TWA order, with some modifications, and to grant deemed planning permission for the development, subject to conditions. He has also granted a related listed building consent to alter the setting of the Silvertown War Memorial.

Stephen Byers said: "I agree with the inquiry Inspector that the need to extend the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to serve London City Airport and the communities surrounding it has been established beyond doubt.

"This DLR extension will provide a catalyst for much-needed regeneration of the area to the south of the Royal Docks. It will help to bring new jobs, homes, shops and leisure facilities to the area.

"It will significantly improve access for the communities of Silvertown and North Woolwich to the centre of London, providing a reliable public transport service to these areas. It will also provide a direct rail connection from London City Airport to the City and Canary Wharf.

"The airport's future growth potential can now be realised. Importantly, it will help to remove the reliance on car journeys to the airport, which will help to reduce congestion."

The scheme has the support of the surrounding areas including London boroughs including Newham, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich and the Corporation of the City of London and a number of regeneration and business partnerships.

20 March 2002

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