New four-station DLR extension opened from Stratford

The �211 million pound DLR extension from Stratford International Station is now open.

The 6km expansion from Stratford to Canning Town includes four new stations and connects five 2012 Olympics and Paralympics venues.

The project is a key part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic transport network that is designed to improve access for people with restricted mobility. It also marks the end of the �500 million upgrade of the DLR which transport bossses hope will bring a 50 per cent increase in capacity across the network.

Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales said: “TfL should be congratulated for providing a sustainable and accessible transport legacy for our borough after the London 2012 Games. This is a major boost to Newham’s regeneration and our efforts to attract international companies to the borough.

“The new DLR extension at Stratford International will ensure that residents and businesses can take advantage of some of the best and most accessible transport links in the country. Stratford International station should now become a major accessible hub for international services.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This expansion of the DLR is a further demonstration of the improvements that the London 2012 Games are making to our city. This work will be of permanent benefit for Londoners and all those travelling in the Capital from here on in. It’s fantastic news and another example of London’s lasting legacy of playing host to such a momentous event.”

Peter Hendy, London Transport Commissioner, said: “The completion of the DLR extension to Stratford International and the new lifts at Green Park station provide five more accessible stations delivering benefits for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and building on the legacy of transport improvements well ahead of next summer.

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“The new line will also provide a legacy of more direct access to London’s wider rail network for large numbers of people in Lower Lea Valley and help permanent regeneration in area.”

Hugh Sumner, Director of Transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority, said: “The opening of the new DLR extension is the last piece in the jigsaw for major upgrades and improvements to networks serving the Olympic Park. We have worked closely with TfL to fund and deliver a much-improved service which will leave east London better connected after the Games.”