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FINAL APPROVAL FOR EAST LONDON LINE NORTHERN EXTENSION

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Transport minister John Bowis has announced final approval for powers to construct the East London Line northern ex...
Transport minister John Bowis has announced final approval for powers to construct the East London Line northern extension from Whitechapel to Dalston.

The decision follows the Secretary of State for Transport's provisional approval last year. Mr Bowis said:

'We have now had a chance to look further at the environmental impact of the scheme at a number of locations along the proposed extension.

'We are satisfied that the scheme as now approved includes sufficient measures to protect neighbouring properties.

'Today's announcement is a necessary first step towards stimulating regeneration and improving public transport in this part of London.

'However, it is now for London Underground to consider how the scheme might proceed under the Private Finance Initiative, in the light of their existing priorities.'

At present, the line runs from Shoreditch through Whitechapel to New Cross and New Cross Gate via Brunel's tunnel under the Thames.

The proposals include new stations at Bishopsgate (replacing Shoreditch), Hoxton, Haggerston and Dalston Junction and a new train servicing facility at Silwood in south-east London.

London Underground also hopes East London Line services will be extended via the North London Line to Highbury and Islington.

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