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Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK
Tube line extensions 'approved'
Tube train
There will be two extensions to the East London line
The Government has given the go ahead to plans to extend rail services in south London.

Transport Secretary Stephen Byers has approved two southerly extensions to the East London line on the London Underground.

A new station will be built at Surrey Canal Road as part of the first 1.5 mile-long link to the main South London line.

The main Croydon line will be joined up by a second flyover link and will include a new depot at New Cross Gate, south London.

'Improve transport'

Mr Byers said: "Our approval of this scheme ... demonstrates our commitment to delivering better public transport services in and around London."

"The scheme will greatly improve public transport links in the capital and bring a wide range of benefits.

"It will provide better integration of public transport services, improved rail access and quicker journeys for many people."

London Underground and the Strategic Rail Authority will now develop their plans for the project and submit their proposals for funding within the SRA's overall Strategic Plan and the Government's 10-year-plan rail budget.

It is hoped the East London line northbound will be extended from Whitechapel to Dalston in east London.

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