The Anonymous Widower

A Connection Between City Thameslink Station And The Docklands Light Railway

In the Wikipedia entry for the Docklands Light Railway, there is a section describing a proposed Euston/St. Pancras Extension.

This is said.

In 2011, strategy documents proposed a DLR extension to Euston and St Pancras. Transport for London have considered driving a line from City Thameslink via Holborn north to the rail termini. The main benefit of such an extension would be to broaden the available direct transport links to the Canary Wharf site. It would create a new artery in central London and help relieve the Northern and Circle lines and provide another metro line to serve the High Speed line into Euston.

This map from Transport for London, shows the possible Western extension of the DLR.

With all the problems of the funding of Crossrail 2, that I wrote about in Crossrail 2 Review Prompts Fresh Delays, could this extension of the DLR, be a good idea?

Consider,

  • Victoria, Euston and St. Pancras are prosposed Crossrail 2 stations.
  • It would link Canary Wharf and the City of London to Eurostar, Northern and Scottish services and High Speed 2.
  • It would give all of the Docklands Light Railway network access to Thameslink.
  • A pair of well-designed termini at Euston and St. Panras would probably increase frequency and capacity on the Bank branch of the system.
  • The DLR is getting new higher capacity trains.
  • Bank station is being upgraded with forty percent more passenger capacity.
  • Holborn station is being upgraded and hopefully will be future-proofed for this extension.
  • One big advantage at City Thameslink, is that Thameslink and the proposed DLR extension will cross at right-angles, thus probably making designing a good step-free interchange easier.
  • The Bank Branch of the DLR currently handles 15 tph, but could probably handle more, if they went on to two terminal stations at St Pancras and Victoria..
  • Waterloo and City Line can run at twenty-four tph.

Cinderella she may be, but then she always delivers, when there is a desperate need, just as she did magnificently at the 2012 Olympics.

The only problem with this extension of the DLR, is that compared to the rest of the system, the views will be terrible.

For myself and all the others living along the East London Line, with a step-free change at Shadwell, we would get excellent access to Euston, Saint Pancras and Victoria

But could the line still be called the Docklands Light Railway, as it spreads its tentacles further?

 

March 12, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

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  3. The other problem is, right now Bank only serves 20tph, which means each branch would get just 10tph. This isn’t good enough for the investment required to build the tunnels.

    I’d like to see Tower Gateway rebuilt as a deep level station on the Bank branch. Perhaps we can then go to 32tph or 36tph and have 16 or 18tph on each branch – the signalling certainly could support this.

    BTW great content over the last week!

    Comment by ijmad | March 12, 2018 | Reply

    • To my mind, the big reason for extending to Euston, Victoria and Victoria is to be part of a poor man’s Crossrail 2 and reduce pressure on the Victoria Line.

      But no-one knows at present how Crossrail and a bit of walking will affect passenger numbers in Central London.

      Comment by AnonW | March 13, 2018 | Reply

  4. I wonder if the Southern branch could also serve Aldwych!

    Comment by ijmad | March 12, 2018 | Reply

    • The route would use the old overrun tunnels of the Jubilee Line, so it goes close. But Aldwych was closed partly because it didn’t generate much traffic.

      Comment by AnonW | March 13, 2018 | Reply

  5. Run Docklands north from Bank to Moorgate then let it take over the Northern City line and then in to the Northern Heights.

    Comment by Peter Dowden | April 14, 2018 | Reply

  6. Any new tunnels under can ntral London should be for huge long trains at high frequency like Cross rail. 10tph of short Docklands trains isn’t worth the big digging job. My suggestion for Northern City is because it has short stations to match.

    Comment by Peter Dowden | April 14, 2018 | Reply


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