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DLR To Convert North London Line

Docklands Light Railway Ltd (DLRL) has received the Government’s support for the conversion of the North London Line between Canning Town and Stratford to a DLR service. The project also includes a short extension from the existing Stratford station to Stratford International.

There will be four new stations – Cody Road, Abbey Road, Stratford Market and a new DLR station serving the Channel Tunnel Rail Link at Stratford International. The route will also serve the existing stations at Canning Town, West Ham and Stratford. Services will run between Stratford International and Woolwich Arsenal (calling at London City Airport) and between Stratford International and Beckton.

The station at Stratford International will link DLR and the wider Docklands area to both the International trains from Paris and Brussels as well as high speed domestic commuter services from Kent.

New connections to DLR on the converted line will include the Jubilee, Central, District and Hammersmith & City Underground lines as well as C2C, One Great Eastern and One Anglia National Rail routes.

The NLL currently runs two trains an hour, but DLR will improve this to every ten minutes and more frequently in peak hours.

The route follows the Lower Lea Valley which is central to London’s Olympic Bid, and which is also designated for significant regeneration with initiatives by the London Borough of Newham and the London Development Agency. The new DLR route will provide capacity and flexibility for future growth and be an important part of the rail network serving the proposed Olympic sites.

DLRL will upgrade the trackwork and power supply, construct the new stations and purchase new rolling stock at an estimated cost of GBP 90m. The line could be open in 2009.

The full press release can be found on the TfL* website

23 July 2004

* link updated November 2011

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