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RIA welcomes TfL plan to extend Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Thamesmead

Railway Industry Association

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RIA London & South has expressed its support for Transport for London's (TfL) plan for the extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Thamesmead, announced this week.


This significant proposal promises to revolutionise transportation in and around the capital, improving connectivity, driving economic growth, facilitating social mobility and enhancing the lives of local residents and businesses.

The proposed DLR extension to Thamesmead demonstrates a forward-thinking approach, ensuring that communities in Southeast London can benefit from efficient and sustainable transport options. It will not only provide residents with greater access to job opportunities but will also support the development of new housing and commercial projects in the area. The enhanced connectivity will encourage investment, stimulate economic growth, and boost local businesses. 

By connecting Thamesmead to the wider DLR network, this extension will create a better travel experience, facilitating efficient and convenient journeys for commuters and leisure travelers alike.

RIA London & South welcomes the plan and looks forward to collaborating with project stakeholders involved in its implementation.

Robert Cook, Policy Director at the Railway Industry Association, said: “RIA London & South very much welcome the business case submission from TfL and we are excited about the positive impact that an extension of the DLR to Thamesmead will bring to the local community and wider region.

“As an industry association, RIA is committed to advocating for innovation, investment and sustainable growth in the railway sector and this project is a prime example of this. There is no doubt that this extension will bring huge opportunities to the region by unlocking an otherwise underserved area. 

“We stand ready to support RIA members who will no doubt be keen to offer their expertise and knowledge to ensure the smooth delivery of this significant project once approved.”


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