Smoke engulfed an area around Woolwich DLR station last night causing concern in the area.
Some speculated it was a train – however the cause was rubbish catching fire on waste ground above the tracks and platforms.
Hello. I've spoken to our control room. A fire was reported at 20:00hrs, the fire brigade attended and extinguished the fire at 20:10hrs. DLR service was not affected. The cause was rubbish being set alight on waste ground. Thanks, Paul.
— Docklands Light Railway (@LondonDLR) June 4, 2019
The area above the tracks and platforms is an area of ground I’ve long covered on this site. TfL signed a deal with developer Oakmayne over 10 years ago to developer the area. Since then nothing has happened despite TfL’s need for income and the housing crises.
TfL have since made a big fanfare of developing housing directly or in partnership yet have achieved little with earlier schemes such as Woolwich.
The land is now covered in rubbish and as seen last night – apparently not very safe.