DLR Extension To Thamesmead: Public Consultation Opens

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Last Updated 05 March 2024

DLR Extension To Thamesmead: Public Consultation Opens

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A DLR train heading over a bridge
The new DLR extension will go to Thamesmead via a new station at Beckton Riverside. Image: Adrian Scottow via creative commons

It's all happening with the DLR right now.

With fresh stock being rolled out in the coming months (plus fake front seat control panels fitted out on current trains), 2024 seems to be a year in which things are moving forwards for the DLR. Now you can add to that list a public consultation on the long-awaited extension to Thamesmead.

The riverside community of Thamesmead has infamously been lacking in decent public transport links since it was constructed as a 'town of the future' back in the mid 1960s. TfL is finally getting serious about extending the DLR line from Beckton to a new station at Thamesmead, via another new station at Beckton Riverside, and a tunnel running beneath the Thames.

A map of the proposed extension
The proposed extension. Image: TfL

The extension itself has been in the offing for a while, but now TfL has opened a public consultation in order to help it make decisions about the scheme and inform the designs and next steps. The consultation is open until 18 March 2024 — so if you want to have your say, you'd better get responding!

TfL says construction of the DLR extension could begin as early as 2028, with opening mooted for the early 2030s. There's also scope for further southward extension in the future.