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Gateway terminal closure hit opposition buffers

PUBLISHED: 19:26 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 05 October 2010

THE timing of the DLR s main Tower Gateway terminal closure for months on end while its platforms are being lengthened has been slammed on the London Assembly. The station is being shut at the same time as the East London Line nearby, which is closed for two years for modernising

By Mike Brooke

THE timing of the DLR's main Tower Gateway terminal closure for months on end while its platforms are being lengthened has been slammed on the London Assembly.

The station is being shut at the same time as the East London Line nearby, which is closed for two years while it is being rebuilt and extended.

Assembly Member John Biggs said: "I recognise the need for major works on Tower Gateway for longer trains to meet passenger demands.

"But I'm concerned over the timing, coinciding with other closures on other parts of the network."

He has been campaigning to improve the replacement buses laid on for commuters during the East London Line's two-year suspension.

The buses only take passengers to the DLR at Shadwell and the London Underground at Whitechapel.

"It defies logic that the East London Line replacement services are taking people to the DLR while Tower Gateway is closed," he continued.

"This is going to create additional pressures on this part of London's transport network."

He is now urging Transport bosses at City Hall to run replacement buses to Liverpool Street, Canary Wharf and London Bridge "as a matter of urgency before public transport in East London grinds to a halt."

mike.brooke@archant.co.uk

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