The DLR Horizon Study was commissioned by TfL in 2004. Undertaken by Ove Arup & Partners, its main objective was to look at how the DLR could be developed over the period of 2012 to 2020, and to identify pragmatic development schemes to enhance or expand the network.
The study followed on from a previous successful Horizon study carried out in 1998. That study resulted in three recommendations being made – that the DLR take over the North London Line between Canning Town and Stratford, that the City Airport line be extended, and then that the DLR be extended again to Woolwich Arsenal. All three of these recommendations ultimately came to pass.
The 2005 study focused largely on possible extensions to the line. Overall, upwards of 45 suggestions were investigated and consulted upon, with a number being excluded on grounds of impracticality. The remaining possibilities were then investigated in far more detail, and scored based on complexity, ease of implementation and cost.
Finally, in July 2005, a report containing the study’s final recommendations was presented to TfL. This contained those proposals that scored highest on the study and were therefore recommended as possible options for further developing the DLR.
The DLR Horizon Report is no longer part of TfL’s official transport strategy (having been superceded by the upcoming Mayoral Transport Strategy) and has now been made available under the Freedom of Information Act. I have therefore summarised each of the recommendations it contains in the links below.
In no particular order, the recommendations were:
DLR Horizon 2020: Bank – Aldwych – Charing Cross
DLR Horizon 2020: Bank – Liverpool Street
DLR Horizon 2020: A Bank Loop via Barbican and Cannon Street
DLR Horizon 2020: Bank – Barbican (Previously Farringdon)
DLR Horizon 2020: Bank – Liverpool Street – Bishopsgate
DLR Horizon 2020: The Dagenham Dock Extension
DLR Horizon 2020: A Branch to Thamesmead
DLR Horizon 2020: A Branch from Greenwich to New Cross
DLR Horizon 2020: All Saints – Crossharbour
DLR Horizon 2020: A Bow Church – Hackney Central Branch Line
DLR Horizon 2020: Stratford – Lea Valley – Tottenham Hale
DLR Horizon 2020: Lewisham – Catford
Those wishing to read the final report in full, which contains more in-depth details on each of the options – such as passenger level forecasts and costing breakdowns – can download a PDF of it (approximately 1.5MB in size) from here:
[Addendum: If I get a chance, I’ll try and do “what if” tube map representations for all the above options. If someone feels like attempting it before me though, feel free! – JB]