Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled plans for an extension of the DLR to Thamesmead from Gallions Reach, in a move Teresa Pearce has deemed "a game-changer" for the area.

It is one of five proposed new crossings and the decision would also potentially pave the way for an Overground rail extension across the river from Barking to Abbey Wood.

Mr Khan has instructed TfL to take forward the new DLR extension, which would be the seventh extension in the network's 29-year history.

David Leam, Infrastructure Director at London First, said: “Better river crossings will help unlock the economic potential of East and South East London and connect thousands of new homes in Newham, Barking, Greenwich and elsewhere.


“We're delighted the Mayor has sped up these plans, aiming to deliver new ways of getting across the river within the next five to ten years.”

Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead, said: “I welcome the announcement on new river crossings today by our Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

“I have long called for public transport river crossings.

“Connecting the South-East and East of London is vital not only to allow the capital’s economy to grow and thrive, but to boost connectivity in our local area.

“Today’s proposals will encourage growth, reduce travel times and will expand opportunities.

“Bringing the DLR to Thamesmead is a game-changer and fulfils the promises made when Thamesmead was built over 50 years ago.”