2012 rail link at Stratford gives top class connections

Travellers using London City Airport are just months away from having their own rail link to one of the biggest transport hubs in the capital.

A summer opening of the DLR’s 500-yard link between Stratford Regional Station and the airport was revealed last week as the driverless train service made a test drive with VIPs over the route.

Next year, trains will ferry visitors and spectators to and from Olympic Park.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced that work was complete on the short extension between Stratford International and Stratford Station, which boasts 10 different rail routes, as well as a comprehensive bus service.

As a bonus, Transport for London (TfL) is on track to complete the signalling upgrade on the Jubilee Line next month.

All of this, says TfL, makes Stratford one of the most connected parts of the capital.

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond joined Games chiefs Lord Seb Coe and Dennis Hone on the run.

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Mr Johnson said: “East London now has arguably some of the best transport connections in the world and they are here for all Londoners to take advantage of, a year ahead of the Games.”

Mr Hammond said: “I can’t promise that there will be no disruption to normal travel patterns, but I can guarantee the government and mayor are doing everything possible to get people to the Games, whilst ensuring the rest of the country keeps moving.”

Peter Hendy, London Transport’s Commissioner, urged businesses to plan ahead now for how and when they travel, and have goods delivered in summer 2012.

Stratford station has had �125million for upgrades with capacity trebled to accommodate the 120,000 people expected in morning peaks in 2012, as 200 trains pass through each hour.