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News Shopper campaign to bring DLR to Bromley starts here
NEWS Shopper and Bromley Council want Boris Johnson to find the £800m needed to bring the DLR to the borough.
Bromley has for too long been London Transport's forgotten borough - and it needs to stop.
Over the past few years we have watched Lewisham benefit from the DLR while New Cross and Forest Hill have reaped the benefits of an extended East London Line.
North Kent has been rewarded with Eurostar and high speed rail and soon Abbey Wood will be transformed into a busy, bustling affluent town thanks to Crossrail.
It must be Bromley's turn.
The Mayor of London recently outlined his 2012 Vision document stating his intentions to bring DLR to Bromley and we are determined to make sure he sticks to his word.
A Transport for London (TfL) pre-feasibility study revealed the cost of extending the DLR to Bromley would be £800m, which is 5.4 per cent of the estimated costs of Crossrail and 2.4 per cent of the cost of High Speed 2.
News Shopper editor Andrew Parkes said: "Bromley is, and always has been the most beautiful borough placed perfectly between the vibrant centre of London and green and leafy Kent.
"But, despite all it has to offer, there is a very real danger it is now being left behind.
"Locally there is a great deal going on and we’re all proud to be part of this great borough, but it’s vital to make sure we’re not forgotten by the rest of the capital and, in particular large organisations and businesses looking to invest.
"The key is good communications and good transport links – without these nothing else can flourish.
"Now is the time for us all to stand up and demand we are heard – it’s time to breathe new life into a buoyant Bromley.
"Boris needs to bring us the DLR."
Council leader Councillor Stephen Carr said: "We are grateful for the News Shopper’s support.
"We are very keen to build a campaign and I’m chasing up with the mayor’s office and asking them why south-east London has been neglected for so long.
"The more people we can get behind us then there will be a snowball effect to get it done.
"We are very determined."
Business people across Bromley are also backing our bid for the DLR.
Multi-million pound plumber Charlie Mullins, who owns Pimlico Plumbers, said: "I’m undoubtedly backing News Shopper’s campaign to bring it here.
"For Bromley to keep up with other areas, it needs to happen."
Mr Mullins, from Keston, added: "I think it will be one of the best things that has happened to Bromley.
"It will be tremendous for businesses and people in general, the fact they can get in to London more easily is an all round good thing.
"It has got to happen."
The founder of new social networking agency Streetpin, based in World’s End Lane, Green Street Green, is also a fan.
Tim Buick said: "I commute regularly and any way that opens up more transport routes, I would be in support of.
"It would definitely be a good thing."
Carol Ann Walters, who owns Caw PR based in Church Hill Road, Beckenham, said: "I don’t own a car so any improvement to transport links would be great.
"It is always good to be able to get out without a car."
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