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DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep

Custom House DLR station reopened this week following its closure in February last year.

The station went through major upgrade work in the time it was shut, preparing for the introduction of Elizabeth Line services which are set to start from December this year.

While Custom House has reopened to passenger services, there is still ongoing work to be completed, including a new mezzanine deck, station canopies and two additional staircases, which are expected to be completed in the spring.

It is the latest in a string of stations which are reopening ahead of the full introduction of Elizabeth Line services, most recently TfL unveiled its £300m revamp of Bond Street station, which involves a 30% increase in capacity specifically built to deal with London’s newest line.

Speaking in the run up to the reopening, Mark Davis, interim general manager of the DLR, commented: “We appreciate the patience our customers have shown while the station has been closed.

“Once fully complete, this important work will have increased capacity at the station by 50% - making journeys better for customers and ensuring the station is fit for the arrival of Elizabeth Line services from late 2018.”

Passengers using the station will be able to travel on services into central London as well as going east towards Beckton.

In November last year, TfL opened the bidding on 43 new DLR trains, as part of plans to increase capacity on the line and replace old stock – some of which turns 25-years-old this year.

Initially Custom House was reopened on Sunday however this was just a ‘soft relaunch’ intended to test the station before the full opening was completed on Monday 8 January.

TfL claims the introduction of the Elizabeth Line will boost rail transport capacity in central London by 10% and add £42bn to the economy while support thousands of new jobs.

Top image: TfL

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Thames Valley Traveller   09/01/2018 at 17:43

This is a key station for EXCEL. Last years thousands of tourism managers all had to go to the other DLR station because this one was closed, and it did nothing to promote inbound tourism, a major money earner for the UK. Never mind Crossrail, the DLR station is vital

Routew15   09/01/2018 at 18:46

Sorry to be critical but the reopening of the services at Excel is not something to be acclaimed in my opinion. The amount of works still left to do goes to show how far behind in planning and designing this station was. This is difficult to understand as it was mentioned unofficially that the DLR station would echo Custom House Crossrail station in terms of design cue. Nonetheless i look forward to visiting the resigned Custom House DLR station

Andrew Gwilt   10/01/2018 at 02:17

@Thames Valley Traveller. Well yes DLR is vital. But so is Crossrail (Elizabeth Line). When the Whitechapel-Abbey Wood section will start operating in December this year. With a full service to Reading and Heathrow Airport to & from Abbey Wood and Shenfield that will operate from December 2019.

Mmlred   10/01/2018 at 11:22

Andrew's got a point to give credit where it's due. These closures have been necessary for the completion of the Crossrail project, which was always going to cause some level of disruption but has for the most part been well-handled. The disruption to the EXCEL centre hasn't been great, but it's a drop in the water as far as London's international exhibition output is concerned, and the resulting improved transport links for the Docklands and the whole of London will be more than worth it when Crossrail opens - only a year to go now! Exciting times for travellers in the capital.

RMT   10/01/2018 at 13:05

Well done Andrew.

Lutz   10/01/2018 at 14:49

Unfortunately all of the recent new-build rail infrastructure in that area of London is a bit of miss - not an optimum solution.

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