Record numbers use Docklands Light Railway following Westfield opening

A record number of passengers used the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) following the opening of Westfield Stratford City.

The DLR’s new Stratford International extension carried 130,000 customers between September 12 and September 18, the week that the shopping centre opened.

The previous daily record of 303,000 passengers on the whole network was broken on September 15 when 340,000 customers used the DLR.

And in the same week the network as a whole carried 1.9million passengers.

The 6km DLR extension between Canning Town and Stratford International has four new stations. Costing �211m the extension is part of the London 2012 transport network, and the step-free stations mean accessibility is improved for passengers.

Since Westfield Stratford City opened the number of passengers on buses and at Stratford regional station has also risen.

More than 100,000 passengers used Stratford Regional station on the first Saturday since the opening, roughly 60,000 more people than the same day a week earlier.

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Buses serving the area carried an extra 6,500 passengers on their routes.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Stratford International station and the new DLR extension are playing a crucial role in the regeneration of East London and are already showing they are match fit to transport the millions of visitors that we will be welcoming to the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.”

Director of Docklands Light Railway Jonathon Fox said: “The completion of the DLR extension to Stratford International with the provision of four more accessible stations means customers are already getting the benefits of huge investment in the network a year ahead of the London 2012 Games.

“The extension completes �500m of DLR upgrade works, creating a 50 per cent increase in capacity across the network which is now ready to serve the Capital for the Games and beyond.”

The four new stations are Stratford International, Stratford High Street, Abbey Road and Star Lane.