crossrail comment a clear case made
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?