The UK’s Transport for London (TfL) has commenced further feasibility work on a proposed extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead.
This comes after the confirmation of the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF).
The feasibility work will be carried out by TfL, while Arup and Atkins, as part of a joint commission, will be responsible for design, engineering and environmental assessment.
Infrastructure company Aecom will offer socioeconomic support.
This work will be completely funded by external partners, through a £1m joint funding agreement between the London Borough of Newham, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and developers Thamesmead Waterfront, Aberdeen Standard Investments and St William.
Thamesmead Waterfront is a joint venture (JV) between Peabody and Lendlease while St William is a JV between Berkeley Group and National Grid.
This work will enable TfL and partners to further develop the proposed DLR extension from Gallions Reach in Newham to Beckton Riverside, and then across the river to Thamesmead.
Offering new public transport options will help in the delivery of more than 25,000 new homes along the route besides bolstering connectivity across the river.
The further stage of technical work will enable more development of the route and the potential locations of stations to be considered.
TfL stated that support work on other transport options within the OAPF will also be conducted, including options for a rapid bus corridor and new walking and cycling links.
The decision to advance this work comes after the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan signed the creation of the new Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF).
Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander said: “I am delighted that boroughs and developers have committed to work with the Mayor to progress work on public transport options to support growth, including the Thamesmead DLR extension and bus transport corridor projects.
“These schemes are critical for realising our aspirations for unlocking new housing and jobs on both sides of the river in east London and ultimately creating successful places to live and work. By taking a collaborative approach, we will maximise the likelihood of making them a reality.”
TfL city planning director Alex Williams said: “We know that public transport is key to helping unlock development in new areas. By progressing work on the potential extension of the DLR to Thamesmead now we can ensure any future scheme is best placed to support the homes and jobs that London needs once funding is secured.”