By Marcus Leach
With just under a year to go to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the fully accessible Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Stratford International extension has opened.
The project is a key part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic transport network and will improve accessibility on London's transport network for people with restricted mobility.
The £211 million DLR extension from Stratford International Station to Canning Town includes four new stations and connects five London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues.
All stations and trains on the DLR network are fully accessible, with 62 Tube stations now step-free from street to platform, and this will rise further with the imminent completion of works at Green Park, which will be a key step-free station during the Games.
By the time of the 2012 Games 65 Tube stations will be step-free.
"This expansion of the DLR is a further demonstration of the improvements that the London 2012 Games are making to our city," the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said.
"This work will be of permanent benefit for Londoners and all those travelling in the Capital from here on in. It's fantastic news and another example of London's lasting legacy of playing host to such a momentous event."
London Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said that there will now be a 50% increase in capacity across the DLR.
"The DLR extension completes the £500m upgrade of the DLR, which will bring a 50 per cent increase in capacity across the network," he said.
"The new line will also provide a legacy of more direct access to London's wider rail network for large numbers of people in Lower Lea Valley and help permanent regeneration in area."
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