DLR link to Stratford opens today

The new 6km DLR route from Canning Town to Stratford opens to the public today, from 11am., according to The Wharf.


The link is an important part of London's Olympic infrastructure, which will facilitate the development of Stratford as a major new centre for London. It will give Lewisham residents an alternative route to Westfield Stratford, when the retail behemoth opens in September.

The BBC reports:

There are four new stations along the new route, which connects the Olympic Park to five arenas in east London.

The extension completes a £500m upgrade of the Docklands Light Railway, which Transport for London (TfL) says will improve capacity by 50%.

27 comments:

TM said...

Can anyone find a map showing this?

The normal tube map doesn't seem to have been updated yet.

Anonymous said...

Link here
http://developments.dlr.co.uk/map-of-developments/

Anonymous said...

yeah the map was put up at se central at the weekend:

http://www.southeastcentral.co.uk/threads/dlr-plans-extension-to-ladywell-catford-and-forest-hill.215/page-2

TM said...

Well done Anons

So this follows the old North London line trackbed from Canning Town to Stratford along side the Jubilee line.

This does not explain the track laying work going on alongside the DLR between Canning Town and Excel(and beyond?) also on the North London line trackbed.

Is this just to increase capacity or part of the proposed Dagenham extension?

Matt-Z said...

Custom House is going to be a Crossrail station, you may have seen preparatory works for that as the lines will along the old NLL route before heading off to Woolwich (though I doubt they're anywhere near laying track yet).

There's an ongoing track renewal programme on the NLL. The Dagenham Extension is still an aspiration.

Monkeyboy said...

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/standard-tube-map.pdf

Official map showing the new DLR bit....

Brockley Gal said...

Does this make it any quicker to get to Stansted?
anyone ideas on the best route to take to get to the airport there and length of journey.

all info much appreciated.

patrick1971 said...

I've always found the best way to Stanstead is either DLR Lewisham to Stratford or Overground Brockley/Canada Water/Stratford, then the National Express coach, which goes every 20 minutes from outside Stratford station and takes 45 minutes. Easier and cheaper than trekking into Liverpool Street to get the Stansted Express.

Headhunter said...

Although since the ELL has opened it's not that hard to get to Liverpool St on foot from Shoreditch HS... That's one benefit I have found of the ELL...

Fidgad said...

I thought the East London Line had closed and been replaced by the London Overground?

Or am I wrong?

Anonymous said...

Don't start....

Fidgad said...

I'vs started so I'll finish......
;0)

Anonymous said...

Got a flyer telling us of our local new department store.

It was for John Lewis at Westfield, Strafford.

According to the blurb it's 10 mins from Liverpool St, 15 mins from Canary Wharf...the map doesn't even reach Lewisham.

Local?

Brockley Gal said...

Thanks Patrick

can you just turn up for the Nat express or do you need to book - always find it more stressful to prebook (but obs don't want to miss the plane)

thanks

tyrhwitt ali said...

If you're going to Stratford, Brockley to Canada Water and then Jubilee line is definitely quicker than the DLR the whole way. With a boyfriend living in Romford I have tried all the routes.

Also, if you're using pre-pay, use the pink validators at Canada Water, as TFL used to asssume you have gone through LBG and thus zone 1 to get to Stratford.

patrick1971 said...

@BrockleyGal, you can just turn up and pay the driver for the National Express coach. £15 return.

I think it also goes from Whitechapel as well which may be easier if you're getting the ELL, but of course may take longer if there's lots of traffic between Whitechapel and Stratford.

TM said...

Printed maps with the extension shown and dated August 2011 are in stations today.

The have an interesting design on the front showing a palm with all the lines in tube line colours.

The River Thames remains in place.

Quiz question:
When was the map with no river issued?

MalB said...

Quiz question:
When was the map with no river issued?


It was removed in the July 2009 version and there was a rather large furore over it, with Boris Johnson siding with the general public who wished it re-instated. It came back for the December 2009 version.

TfL had also rather cleverly removed the fare zones, so you had no idea what ticket you should selected from the machines which only offered zones rather than station names.

The new TfL maps (despite their titling I refuse to call them Tube Maps because they aren't) were on the DLR on 31 August. New Cross Gate station still had the old faded connections map excluding the new DLR extension on 31 August. It might have now been updated.

Brockley Gal said...

Thanks Patrick and Tyrwhitt Ali for your help.

I actually need to give the instructions to a visitor on their way to the airport.

Will have a look at Nat Express to see it they tell me how far the coach pick up is from both whitechapel and stratford. Remember from a few years ago that people recommended taking the train from liverpool street as you could be held up if there were any road delays or accidents by coach.

max said...

That's exactly what I think when I have to go to the airport. I'm always so worried about traffic, I much rather just take the train to get there.

BTW, it's also very cheap and easy to reach Liverpool Street on the 47 bus.

Tamsin said...

Now that's something worth knowing given how much cheaper it is. Where do you catch it from and how long does it take?

max said...

The 47 has a pretty straight route to Liverpool Street actually.
I take it on Lewisham High Street and it takes about 45 minutes.
On Loampit Vale it turns right through Jerrard Street and then goes through Deptford.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses/

TM said...

MalB I thought the Thames less map was Septenber 2009 but I am prepared to be corrected.

Certainly it was back by December

Tamsin said...

Hmm. Not really on my radar then. Also, according to journey planner, well messed up at the moment with all the Crossrail works in the City. Maybe things will be clearer by March when I next might be wanting to get there.

That is such a good map for giving people directions - suggest others have a look at it. Plug in a postcode and it shows the buses that run nearby, allowing you to be intelligent and make your own decisions about what suits.

TM said...

Septenber?!?

Tamsin said...

Tenebris...? Seven days of darkness?
"Bleak September's mist and mud/Is enough to chill the blood"

Mb said...

There is also this... it's a trial soft launch and due to go live end of September. It's on the web so I'm not breaking rules by reveling it but is "at your risk" as it's undergoing final tweeks.

http://countdown.tfl.gov.uk

Or mob version

http://m.countdown.tfl.gov.uk

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