DLR extension to Bromley moves a step closer

By Rob Virtue on July 12, 2013 12:31 PM |


Hopes to extend the Docklands Light Railway service into Bromley received a major boost this week.

The council for the borough in south-east London gave its full support to the link and urged Mayor Boris Johnson to push forward with raising funds for the scheme.

The London Mayor included the extension of the DLR from Lewisham into Bromley in his 2020 Vision document, as part of plans to open up outer London town centre hubs.

Bromley Council gave its backing to the DLR link with lead member for environment Cllr Colin Smith, saying it would "bring major transport benefits" both locally and to London as a whole.

"It will reduce congestion at central London termini, relieve chronic pressure on the Jubilee line and address historic imbalances in London's public transport infrastructure," he added.

"It will also support economic growth both locally and further afield too."

Research by Transport for London suggests the DLR extension would cost £800million. Bromley Council said if funding was found trains could be heading there within nine years.

Speaking to The Wharf earlier this year, DLR's head of development and planning, Rob Niven, said such a link between Bromley and Canary Wharf would reduce journey times to 25 minutes.

"At the moment extending the DLR to Bromley is the most credible option," said Mr Niven.

"It's still progressing in terms of what it will look like, what it will cost and the benefits.

"There is significant journey time advantages but it will come back to the affordability of the scheme."