Woolwich Arsenal DLR (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


For inquisitive members of the public it may be helpful to tell them that there is a council by-election in the south of Newham at present which is a ward through most of which runs the route of the DLR which now goes to Woolwich. The problem my constituents in the south of Newham have is more or less the same as residents in the south of the Isle of Dogs had when the Lewisham extension was built which was the massive demand for people who want to cross the Thames is not being adequately met by the current capacity on the DLR. What we are trying to do, constructively - and it is not a party political or by-election issue although people might want to play games on this - is to ensure that the capacity exists for residents in Newham to get to and from work in spite of this superb additional capacity for people living in Woolwich. We have made progress with that. We are trying to get a shuttle service introduced. Would you endorse the work that is happening on that without in any way making a party political endorsement?

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Answer for Woolwich Arsenal DLR (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Woolwich Arsenal DLR (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Of course I would.

John Biggs (AM): By the way there is an excellent Labour candidate in this campaign. You have already endorsed the Conservative candidate and I am sure you would support the work that our candidate is doing as well on this front.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes. Of course I am sure you and the Labour candidate would support the work of Neil Pearce in pursuing this project and I congratulate him on it.

John Biggs (AM): I am sure he is doing a superb job. We should have seen this coming, though, because it happened on the Isle of Dogs and now in Newham we have a similar problem with lack of capacity for local residents. I think some progress is being made. I would like to see more, particularly the idea of a shuttle service which allows residents in Newham to get capacity when the trains are bursting with people from Woolwich - who of course are very welcome but are causing a problem for my constituents temporarily.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thanks, John. OK. Well I register that. It is a testament to the success of the scheme.

John Biggs (AM): Which is why you should build a bridge across.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): We are. But just not in the place that you wanted it.