DLR extension to Dagenham Dock

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3398
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is the likelihood that you will follow through with your suggestion to extend the DLR to Dagenham Dock. If so, when can you feasibly anticipate that this will happen? I ask in particular because at the last Mayors Question Time you advised that some elements of your transport strategy will never be implemented, and are not therefore worth the paper they are written on. Is this one of them?

Answer

Answer for DLR extension to Dagenham Dock

Answer for DLR extension to Dagenham Dock

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The DLR extension to Dagenham Dock is an integral part of the plans for developing over 10,000 homes on Barking Riverside and for this reason it is included in my draft Transport Strategy as a transport priority for east London. The scheme has no funding within the current TfL Business Plan and could only be delivered in the period post 2018 and with Government funding support. The timing for delivery of DLR to Dagenham Dock is very much driven by the programme for delivery of homes at Barking Riverside.

I have written to three separate Ministers over the course of the year seeking guidance on the next steps for the DLR extension and to date, no responses to any of these letters have been received. As a result, it is unlikely that the scheme will be able to proceed through the Transport and Works Act process and a new application would need to be made at a later date once funding for the scheme is available and the timing of development at Barking Riverside is more certain. The programme for delivery of homes at Barking Riverside has slipped, and this puts TfL in a position where it is difficult to proceed as the scheme would be premature and unable to stand up on funding grounds or need.

Notwithstanding this, as I have stated, the scheme has support in my Transport Strategy and London Plan as part of the integrated solution for Barking Riverside. TfL will work to ensure the scheme is safeguarded until such time it is appropriate to promote a new Transport and Works Act Order application. This will require active support from the Government given the very clear link between this scheme and housing delivery.