Abbey Wood is being transformed for the Elizabeth line
This will halve journey times into central London, helping people who live or work in Thamesmead to reach Canary Wharf in 11 minutes, Bond Street in 25 minutes and Heathrow airport in 52 minutes. The Elizabeth line will also put Thamesmead on the map, attracting new visitors, businesses and residents to the town.
The Elizabeth Line is a catalyst for change in Thamesmead and Abbey Wood, attracting funding and investment to bring in national retailers, improve public spaces, upgrade the existing homes and build thousands more.
However, the full potential of Thamesmead as London’s new town can only be unlocked with better public transport and further investment in infrastructure, with large parts of the town separated from the new Elizabeth line service.
That's why the Mayor of London's announcement last year that the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will extend to Thamesmead within ten years is a game changer - it will be better connected than ever before and better placed to reach its full potential as London’s new town.
With a DLR extension, Thamesmead will be connected into some of the most exciting and growing regions in the world. It will provide access to and from areas of significant employment growth, providing high value job opportunities for existing and future residents of Thamesmead.
All without adding congestion to the existing network.
The London Borough of Bexley, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Peabody will also be working with Transport for London to improve local bus services in Thamesmead, creating better connections with the transport hubs at Abbey Wood, Woolwich and Thamesmead Town Centre to ensure all areas of the town can benefit from new investment in transport.