25 FEBRUARY 2019
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London City Airport could yet again set a time record from landside arrivals to departure if a new scheme being considered for the airport expansion under construction is developed.
What is planned is a new platform on the left side of the current DLR station for arrivals from the Bank and Stratford. Airline passengers already checked-in can then step out of the train to the initial ticket screening and on to a full security check. It is then into the main terminal concourse. The facility is likely to be for hand baggage only clients.
When it first opened in 1978, LCY offered a 10min check-in, easily a record for a full international airport. Sad to say this speedy arrival has been gradually eroded, but it is still one of the quickest in the world. Whether 10min can be re-introduced remains to be seen.
In another development, plans for an Elizabeth Line access at Poplar DLR include a bridge from that station into the new spectacular Crossrail Place. The station itself sits 28m below ground. The ticket hall is accessed via eight long-rise escalators from the promenade level entrances. It will be quite a long walk for LCY passengers but the quickest way to the new railway with its fast trains to the West End, Paddington and Heathrow.
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