Stratford International Station

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0422
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Eurostar recently announced that the new channel tunnel rail link will start running from St Pancras station around this time next year. They also confirmed to me that Eurostar services will definitely not be stopping at Stratford International Station in 2007, citing the poor connectivity of the new station and the congestion on the roads around it, which will worsen as construction traffic gets heavier in the run up to the Olympic Games. They stated that they would like to stop there, but will only do so once it makes economic sense. What measures are you taking to ensure that Stratford International Station will not become a white elephant after the Olympic Games, and why, in your opinion, should Eurostar services stop there from 2007?

Answer

Answer for Stratford International Station

Answer for Stratford International Station

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Eurostar have confirmed to TfL that Stratford International would not open until surrounding building works had been completed and no decision had yet been taken on the number of trains which would call at the station.  Eurostar have also stated publicly that the station will only open when good quality road and public transport connections are in place, including the DLR extension which is due to open in 2010.  I believe that Eurostar trains should stop there once the infrastructure works are complete. My officers in London Rail will continue to liaise with Eurostar to ensure that the case for stopping at Stratford International receives full consideration.