Tuesday, 27 April 2010
East London Line opening
We went along to celebrate the opening of the East London Line at Dalston. The new line will run from Dalston Junction to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the south. By February 2011 it will have been extended to Highbury & Islington.
This project came about thanks to a long campaign from Hackney's Mayor, Jules Pipe and the former Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingstone recognising the importance of putting Hackney on the tube map. It was given the go-ahead and £1billion of investment by Labour in 2003 and helped to secure London's bid to host the Olympics.
Labour is also committed to building Corssrail which would link up to the East London Line at Whitechapel. There have been worrying reports that the Tories do not share the same commitment to improving London's transport - they have refused to give guarantees that the Crossrail project will continue.
Crossrail is vital for business, jobs and economic growth in London, and will will add ten per cent to London's transport capacity, create 14,000 jobs in the construction period alone and add an estimated £20billion to London's economy.
Posted by Louisa Thomson at 07:47