- Tower Hamlets
The East London line will see longer and more frequent trains under a new 10 year plan revealed on Tuesday by Transport for London, despite an expected cut of more than £1bn in government funds by 2014.
Details of the plan included doubling road investment to £3.8bn over the next decade as well as a rise in fares.
Tfl predicts the increase to reflect the measure of inflation, or Retail Price Index (RPI) plus one per cent for at least the next five years. With the Mayor ultimately determining fare prices, however, this could change after the 2016 election.
The map below illustrates the effects of the plan on ELL boroughs:
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- Overground lines will be lengthened from four to five carriages. The East London Line will have another two trains an hour running in each direction.
The service is currently overcrowded at peak times. Use of the Overground network across the capital, including the East London Line, has trebled in the last five years.
Transport commissioner, Peter Hendy told the GLA Transport Committee on December 5: “Travellers are crammed in like sardines on a service that is extremely successful.”
- Crossrail will be built by 2018. The new route shall connect Tower Hamlets with central and west London.
Crossrail predicts that 200m passengers shall use the service every year.
- The DLR between Stratford and Bow church shall have two tracks by 2019.
- More capacity on the District and Hammersmith and City lines.
An additional 10,000 will be able to travel on the District lines due to new trains and better signalling. Hammersmith and City line trains will go from six to seven carriages.
- West Croydon bus station will be refurbished. TfL have confirmed that work will begin in 2015.
- Key sections of the line between Croydon and Wimbledon will be double-tracked. Four new trams will be introduced to the network.
- Marked in blue, all the Cycle Superhighways will be finished by 2015. Cycle Superhighway 4 was recently shortened from Lewisham to New Cross.
- There are currently consultations on a new river crossing, including a tunnel at the Silvertown Crossing. The consultation closes in February 2013. Any work that goes ahead would be in 2021.
- The South Eastern rail franchise will be renewed in April 2014 although the franchising process is under review following the confused West Coast Mainline franchise.
Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the GLA Transport Committee told Eastlondonlines that she believes there is a 50/50 chance of TfL taking over the line.
Following the West Coast Mainline fiasco, Pidgeon told Eastlondonlines that there is a “window of opportunity” for TfL to manage the network.
The Evening Standard reported this Monday that Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin said: “In principle I have no objections but we have got some problems to overcome.”
- Skycycle. Boris Johnson had announced interest in having private cycle paths running in parallel to existing railway tracks between Fenchurch Street and Stratford.
A TfL spokesperson said: “There weren’t any plans, it is an idea.”
- Croydon tramlink extension to Crystal Palace.
Although this was promised as an aim in Boris’ manifesto this year, the extension was not mentioned in the business plan. A spokesperson for TfL emphasised that it is still a possibility if funding can be found.
She said: “The Mayor is very much committed to further development of the system, which is why he has asked TfL to work closely with local boroughs now to develop further how these extensions could be funded, including from developer contributions and borough funding.”