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Locals invited to give feedback on proposed extension of Docklands Light Railway to Thamesmead

Londoners can now have their say on proposals to extend the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Thamesmead. Transport for London launched six-week consultation for the cross-river extension on Monday 5 February 2024.

Under the proposals outlined in the consultation, the DLR would be extended from Gallions Reach via Beckton Riverside to the north of Thamesmead. Currently the postcode SE28, where the proposed station would be built, is the only postcode in London without a train or Tube station.  

As well as improving connections for those living nearby, the proposed extension would allow for the development of up to 15,000 additional homes in the north of Thamesmead, and enable delivery of an improved and expanded town centre, new amenities and a major new park for London – all as part of the proposed Thamesmead Waterfront development. The planned rail route would also unlock thousands of jobs and the development of a further 10,000 new homes north of the river. 

John Lewis, Peabody’s Executive Director for Thamesmead, said: “We've seen some big improvements across Thamesmead in recent years. There are clearly huge opportunities here, but the lack of rail infrastructure is still holding the town back. Extending the DLR to Thamesmead would be transformational, making it far easier for people to travel to and from London, creating local jobs, bringing new businesses into Thamesmead, and enabling development of thousands of new homes. We welcome TfL’s consultation and encourage as many people as possible to give their feedback on these important proposals.” 

The consultation closes on 18 March 2024.