A £211m extension to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will help attract international companies to an east London borough, its mayor has said.
The extension runs from Stratford International to Canning Town and includes four new stations.
The project has been completed in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but it is expected to provide benefits to businesses in east London long after the event is over.
London Borough of Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “Transport for London (TfL) should be congratulated for providing a sustainable and accessible transport legacy for our borough after the London 2012 Games.
“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”
-Mayor of London Boris Johnson
“This is a major boost to Newham’s regeneration and our efforts to attract international companies to the borough.
“Siemens and Westfield have already moved in and 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 four new stations are called Star Lane, Abbey Road, Stratford High Street and Stratford International. TfL says a train will arrive every eight minutes at stations on the extension during peak times.
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.”
London Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy 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.
“The DLR extension completes the £500m upgrade of the DLR, which will bring a 50 per cent increase in capacity across the network. 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.”