cross­rail com­ment a clear case made

The Wharf - - Royal Docks & Canning Town - Jon Massey

Robert Sin­clair, in con­cert with many oth­ers stretched up and down the Thames Es­tu­ary, makes an ex­cel­lent point. If Ca­nary Wharf and the new east Lon­don’s suc­cess is built on any­thing, it’s trans­port links.

The life­lines of the DLR, Ju­bilee and the Lon­don Over­ground are the ar­ter­ies that al­low peo­ple to flow in and out of Dock­lands en­sur­ing ac­tiv­ity and pros­per­ity.

The flurry of ex­cite­ment around Cross­rail shows it will be no dif­fer­ent. But we must learn from the mis­takes of the past.

The DLR – cur­rently the ma­jor feed for Lon­don City Air­port – has been ex­tended, length­ened and swollen with longer trains on a con­tin­ual ba­sis since its cre­ation.

The les­son for now is it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to over de­liver on trans­port. The de­mand in this part of Lon­don is all but in­sa­tiable, the op­por­tu­nity im­mense.

This paper strongly sup­ports Lon­don City’s call for a sta­tion on Cross­rail. With the Royal Docks boom­ing, it seems ex­tra­or­di­nary that the strip of land was over­looked in the first place.

And the ben­e­fits of ex­tend­ing the line out to Kent are also self ev­i­dent. Not least, adding in the stop would pro­vide a di­rect link be­tween the air­port and Ca­nary Wharf and de­liver an al­ter­na­tive for trav­ellers when the DLR is down. Let’s hope min­is­ters see the light and get go­ing.

Soon to be ex­tended?

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