Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Member of Parliament for East Ham, attended a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station. The new extension links King George V station in North Woolwich with the new station, alongside the existing Woolwich Arsenal overground station.
The extension opened seven weeks ahead of schedule and has been funded as part of Transport for London's (TfL) multi-billion pound Investment Programme. The new extension will connect Woolwich to London City Airport in 6 minutes, Canary Wharf in 20 minutes, Stratford in 23 minutes and Bank in 28 minutes.
Stephen Timms joined local MPs, Nick Raynsford and John Austin in making speeches at a reception in Woolwich Town Hall after the official opening, which was also attended by officials from TfL, the Olympic Delivery Authority and the Greater London Authority.
Speaking afterwards Stephen Timms said: “This extension creates a new link that will improve access for Newham residents wanting to travel south of the river, and will also make it easier for people reaching Woolwich by train to travel across the river and into Newham. Trains from Woolwich will head alternately to Bank or to Stratford International – due to open in 2010."
“All of those who have contributed to the new DLR extension should be extremely proud of their efforts. To deliver a project such as this on time and under budget is a real achievement. We need more extensions to the DLR in the future – and the Mayor, Boris Johnson, should drop his hostility to the investment required.”