Post by Basil Jet
I hadn't actually realised that the railway was on the surface between
Connaught Tunnel and North Woolwich. Amazing that they didn't build a
station here, with a travelator under Holt Road to the airport. This
must the be nearest that a railway has ever opened to an airport without
making any attempt to serve it.
There don't seem to be many ways for pedestrians to cross the railway
here either. The businesses in Factory Road are a stone's throw from the
houses around Holt Road and are not much further from the airport but
they almost have a shorter walking route under the Thames to Woolwich
than they do under Crossrail to the houses.
You might be interested in a report in today's Times:
It is the issue that has had London City airport spotters perplexed for
years: why is it not connected to the £15 billion Crossrail line?
It has now emerged that the airport is about to embark on a year-long
feasibility study to make the case for adding a station to the route. The
east-west line takes a 26-mile subterranean route through the capital and
passes just 550ft from the airport terminal.
Robert Sinclair, chief executive of the airport, said the project would
examine the engineering case for a Crossrail station and present options to
its bosses. The study, which has yet to be commissioned, is expected to
take between one and two years.
It has previously been suggested that such a station would cost about £50
million. It would add two and a half minutes to journey times from one end
of the line to the other. Mr Sinclair said: “We understand that that won’t
happen overnight but we see a Crossrail station as a major strategic