This month, I wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport to speed up plans to extend the DLR to Thamesmead. I told the Secretary of State of my campaign over recent years to make this happen and how I have only ever heard warm words from an ever-growing cast list of transport ministers. I made clear that while we are told the DLR is always on the way, it somehow never arrives.
We have ambitious plans to put Thamesmead on the transport map, which are supported by local authorities, Transport for London (TfL), local businesses and community organisations, and local people. The opportunities for local economic growth are plain to see and the chance to ‘level up’ this part of London is real.
I urged the Secretary of State to expedite the process to deliver the DLR to Thamesmead.
We have waited long enough. Now is the time for action.
Alongside the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, I was briefed by TfL on their progress for Housing and Transport developments in Thamesmead. We spoke after this briefing on the Next Stop Thamesmead Campaign.
Furthermore, I have been using Written Questions this month to challenge Government Ministers to push for the DLR extension and to make statements on this project to update the people of Thamesmead on its progress. You can find my questions using the following link: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions.
You see one of my questions here with the answer from the Minister: