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London city airport gets DLR extension - Byers


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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

London city airport gets DLR extension - Byers
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date
19 Mar 2002 00:00
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release



A new, light railway linking London City Airport directly to the centre moved an important step closer today.

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

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."

The line will have four, possibly five new stations, and will run from Canning Town to North Woolwich, via London City Airport.

Stephen Byers continued:

"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 and a number of regeneration and business partnerships.

Stephen Byers added:

"I have considered the objections raised, but they do not outweigh the strong public need for this extension. I have therefore decided to accept the Inspector's recommendation and to grant approval for the scheme."

Notes to editors

1. Docklands Light Railway Ltd applied to the Secretary of State for an order under the Transport and Works Act ("TWA") 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.

2. The scheme has the support of London boroughs including Newham, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich and the Corporation of the City of London

3. Following a public inquiry into the scheme, the Inspector, Mr J E Coyne, recommended that a strong case for the scheme had been established and that it should be approved. In particular, he considered that the scheme would facilitate regeneration of the area, bringing increased opportunities for jobs, housing, leisure and education; and that it would offer improved public transport, especially for users of the Airport, while reducing traffic congestion on the surrounding highway network.

4. 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. Full details of his decisions and the reasons for them are given in the decision letter, a copy of which is being sent today to all interested parties.

5. Details of the project can be obtained from either:

Docklands Light Railway Limited
PO Box 154
Castor Lane
Poplar
LONDON E14 0DX

or their Parliamentary Agents:

Messrs Bircham Dyson Bell
50 Broadway
Westminster
LONDON SW1H 0BL

Press Enquiries: 020 7944 3049 Out of Hours: 020 7944 5925 E-mail: press@dtlr.gov.uk
Public Enquiries: 020 7944 3000
DTLR website: http://www.dtlr.gov.uk



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