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Chapter 21: Assessing the wider impacts of the Jubilee Line Extension in East London
The Jubilee Line Extension (JLE) opened in late 1999 and was the first significant addition to the London Underground network in more than 20 years (see Figure 21.1). The extension is 16km in length and has 11 stations, six of which interchange with other Underground lines, while the other five are new stations in areas near the River Thames that were not previously served by the Underground. The extension provides interchanges with all other Underground lines and with the Docklands Light Railway, and has been accompanied by the construction of three major bus interchanges. In comparison with other proposed major rail proposals in the 1980s, the JLE did not achieve a very high benefit/cost ratio, but was prioritised by the Thatcher government as a means of regenerating the derelict Docklands area to the east of the City of London. The JLE would assist in this regeneration by improving accessibility to the area from large parts of London, by increasing public transport capacity into the area, and by raising the image and awareness of the area. The line crosses the Thames four times, thereby reducing its physical and cultural barrier effects. Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport funded a study starting in 1997 to measure the impacts of the Jubilee Line Extension.
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