DLR to Dagenham Dock

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I understand that this project still exists as an aspiration in the Transport Strategy. Will you clarify whether it should remain in the strategy?


Answer for DLR to Dagenham Dock

Answer for DLR to Dagenham Dock

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Good transport links to Barking Riverside are critical to facilitating and supporting proposed housing and associated development. The Overground extension from Barking to Barking Riverside enables development in Barking Riverside through the provision of a fast north/south link to Barking Station, connecting into central London and the wider network via the Hammersmith & City and District lines, C2C services, London Overground and local bus services.  The new Overground station will have connections by bus and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to allow access to the station throughout the whole development.

The DLR extension remained a long term aspiration in my Transport Strategy when it was published in 2010, as this predated the development of the Overground extension scheme. The Overground extension enables development at Barking Riverside and therefore the DLR extension is not required in the short to medium term. However, the Overground extension will be built to allow safeguarding of the DLR alignment, should additional rail capacity be necessary to support future growth in the area and when the Mayor's Transport Strategy is revised, consideration will be given to whether the DLR scheme should remain as a longer term aspiration.