As far as transportation is concern, Newham is probably the best connected place in London for London and surrounding areas – and it is going to get even better.

The Crossrail train service from Shenfield through Newham and central London to Heathrow and Maidenhead is due to launch in 2018. This borough will have five Crossrail stations. A preliminary service between Stratford and Shenfield is anticipated in late 2016.

A German train company is planning a service direct from Europe by 2019. The Chamber is campaigning for a stop at Stratford International, where the HS1 already stops from St Pancras to Kent (and international links)

London City Airport, now attracting almost 4.5m passengers a year, is planning extending services. It already has substantial domestic and European routes – and a daily flight to New York.

Finally, the north-south Crossrail 2 is envisaged in 2026-2028. Campaigns are building to get a branch line from Hackney through Stratford and East Ham to Barking.

OVERVIEW

Stratford is served by the Jubilee and Central lines, Docklands Light Railway, the North London line and, as previously mentioned, HS1. There are also regular cheaply-priced national bus routes to many East Anglian towns and Stansted Airport.

Plaistow, West Ham, Upton Park and East Ham are served by the District and Hammersmith & City lines and West Ham also offers a CtoC train service from Fenchurch Street in the City to Shoeburyness, Tilbury, Basildon and Southend

The Docklands Light Railway has two different terminuses at Stratford. One goes to Canary Wharf with onward connections to Lewisham and the Bank. The other goes to Becton via many Newham stop-off points and Woolwich via London City Airport.

The Gospel Oak – Barking line  serves the centre and north of the borough.

Buses go to most parts of the borough, with the 25 route through Forest Gate and Stratford being the only service to central London. There are also buses to Waltham Forest, Hackney, Ilford , Barking and near the Tower of London.

For bus and Underground information go to www.tfl.gov.uk