Abena Oppong-Asare MP calls on Government to back DLR extension and “put Thamesmead on the transport map”


Erith and Thamesmead MP Abena Oppong-Asare today used a question in the House of Commons to call on the Government to back proposals to extend the DLR to Thamesmead.

This is part of Abena’s campaign to put Thamesmead on the London transport Map. The proposals are support by Greenwich Council, Newham Council, TfL and the Mayor of London.

Transport for London is currently undertaking feasibility work on the proposed extension of the DLR to Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead, following the confirmation of the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area Planning Framework.

Speaking during Transport Questions in the House of Commons, Abena Oppong-Asare MP said:

“Thamesmead in my constituency needs levelling up. It has some of the worst public transport links anywhere in the capital.

“There are ambitious plans to extend the DLR to Thamesmead – supported by Greenwich council, Newham Council and TfL.

“Will the Minister look favourably on these proposals when they are submitted to Government, and provide the necessary funding to finally put Thamesmead on the transport map?”

In response, Transport Minister Wendy Morton MP said:

“In terms of extending the DLR to Thamesmead, what I can say to the honourable lady is that the scale of the opportunity and the potential options at Thamesmead and Beckton Riverside is being explored, and that the Government and Homes England are working together with the GLA and Transport for London.”

Speaking afterwards, Abena Oppong-Asare MP said:

“It’s good news that the Government is seriously looking at these proposals, which would be transformative for my constituents.

“I will continue to push the Government to back this project and bring the DLR to Thamesmead.”