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It’s back to work for many on Monday after the two-week Christmas break. And, for some DLR passengers, life has got a little easier with the re-opening of Custom House station.

The station, on the Beckton spur, is the key interchange between the Docklands Light Railway and the Elizabeth line.

And since February 3, 2017, the station – which serves the Excel Centre – has been closed to construct a location to cover both services.

Its opening comes just two days before the Excel’s showpiece London Boat Show. The expo will see thousands checking out global brands and on-the-water demonstrations.

Work will continue to complete the station, including a mezzanine deck above the DLR platforms, new station canopies and two more staircases, by spring. There will be reduced escalator and lift services until spring. The Elizabeth line will open in phases from December (including the Custom House spur) and be fully open by December 2019.

The aim is to reduce overcrowding especially as the redevelopment of the Royal Docks and Custom House continues.

What they say about Custom House

Custom House station before the Crossrail works

Custom House station before the Crossrail works

DLR interim manager Mark Davis said: “Once fully complete, this important work will have increased capacity at the station by 50% ensuring the station is fit for the arrival of Elizabeth line services.”

Acting CEO of Excel Jeremy Rees said: “The reopening of Custom House DLR station is very welcome and will hugely benefit the four million people who visit us every year. The upgraded station will greatly improve access for our guests.”

First look at the planned Silvertown Bridge for Royal Docks

The construction of the Elizabeth line has entered its final stages and will open to the public in phases from December. The new railway will increase central London’s transport capacity by 10%. Crossrail says the new stations and travel links are expected to boost the economy by £42billion overall and support thousands of new jobs.

When the Elizabeth line opens there will be four stations where it interchanges with the DLR. These will be at Stratford, Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich.

Elizabeth line timeline

  • May 2018: TfL Rail service opens between Paddington and Heathrow, replacing the existing Heathrow Connect service and part of the Great Western inner suburban service. (TfL Rail continues to operate its Liverpool Street to Shenfield route).
  • December 2018: The Elizabeth line opens. It will initially operate as three services:
  1. Paddington (Elizabeth line station) to Abbey Wood via central London
  2. Paddington (mainline station) to Heathrow (Terminals 2 & 3 and 4)
  3. Liverpool Street (mainline station) to Shenfield
  • May 2019: Direct services operate between Paddington – Shenfield and Paddington – Abbey Wood. Services from Paddington to Heathrow will continue to start and terminate at the mainline station.
  • December 2019: The Elizabeth line is fully open, with services running from Reading and Heathrow, including Terminal 5, in the west through the central tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Travel the full Elizabeth line – virtually