Canary Wharf railway station

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This article is about the Crossrail station. For the London Underground station, see Canary Wharf tube station. For the Docklands Light Railway station, see Canary Wharf DLR station.
Canary Wharf National Rail
Canary Wharf Crossrail Station August 2013.jpg
Station under construction in August 2013
Canary Wharf is located in Greater London
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
Location of Canary Wharf in Greater London
Location Canary Wharf
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
OSI Canary Wharf London Underground
West India Quay Docklands Light Railway
Poplar Docklands Light Railway
Key dates
2018 Expected opening
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°30′22″N 0°00′57″W / 51.5061°N 0.01578°W / 51.5061; -0.01578

Canary Wharf is a railway station currently under construction on the Isle of Dogs in east London, being built as part of the Crossrail project. It was known as Isle of Dogs station during the project's development. Construction began in May 2009 and it is expected to open in 2018.[1]

The station will cost £500 million to build.[2]

Station design and layout[edit]

The station is to be constructed beneath and within the West India North Dock.[3] The station will extend from east of the Docklands Light Railway bridge to the east end of the dock. The station will be constructed within a 475-metre (1,558 ft) long concrete box with a 245-metre (804 ft) long island platform. This will be fitted out to 210 m (690 ft) with the potential for extension should the need to operate longer trains arise. A 165-metre (541 ft) long scissor crossover at the western end of the station will enable trains to terminate at Canary Wharf and return either to central London or to Abbey Wood.

Progress update

Throughout 2009 the main focus was on installing 293 interlocking steel piles 18.5 m (61 ft) high and 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) wide into the dock floor using ten-storey high piling cranes and Giken piling machines to form a cofferdam. As part of this 38 metre deep reinforced concrete piles have been placed through each of the 293 steel tubes. A further 160 temporary anchor piles and ties have been installed to provide restraint for the cofferdam wall.

On 11 February 2010 Transport Minister Sadiq Khan switched on pumps designed to drain nearly 100 million litres (22,000,000 imp gal; 26,000,000 US gal) from the work site over the following six weeks. The pumps will transfer water from inside the site's specially constructed cofferdam to the North Dock at a maximum rate of 13,500 litres (3,000 imp gal; 3,600 US gal) per minute.[4]

A station 'box' will then be constructed in a dry environment - a similar technique to that used in the construction of the nearby Canary Wharf tube station.

Original design by CLRL[edit]

The main access point for Crossrail station would have been the rebuilt Great Wharf Bridge.[3] From this entrance there would have been a set of escalators to the concourse level which will be located underwater. Another bank of escalators would take passengers to the platforms.[3]

Construction of the station was to predominantly take place on Hertsmere Road, which runs parallel to West India North Dock. This would involve digging a 9 m (30 ft) wide shaft to the station depth of 30 m (98 ft) below the dock water-level to enable crew and equipment to begin boring the box that will form the station.[3] The construction including fit-out and commissioning of the Hertsmere Road shaft was expected to take approximately four years whilst the same would take five years for the station.[3]

Canary Wharf Group and Fosters redesign[edit]

In December 2008 an extra £150m worth of funding from the Canary Wharf Group was announced. Work was due to commence in January 2009.[5] As part of the deal Canary Wharf Group substantially redesigned the station, incorporating a large shopping centre and a park above the platforms situated in the middle of North Dock.[6]

A groundbreaking ceremony for the station was held on 15 May 2009.[6] It was also announced the station would be named "Canary Wharf" instead of "Isle of Dogs".


The station will connect to the DLR at Poplar DLR station and the London Underground Jubilee line at Canary Wharf tube station. It will also have indirect interchanges with Canary Wharf and West India Quay DLR stations and with London Buses Routes 277, D7, D8, D3 135 and Night Route N550 at Cabot Square.

Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Line 1
towards Abbey Wood


Construction gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Capital's key services protected, says Johnson". The Press Association. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rail Station Harbors A Grand Design". Civil Engineer. 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Route Window C11: Isle of Dogs station Crossrail Retrieved 1 November 2008
  4. ^ "Pumping starts at Canary Wharf Crossrail station site". Construction Europe. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Crossrail given £150m fund boost". BBC News. 24 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Construction of Crossrail begins as foundations laid for new Canary Wharf station". Canary Wharf Group. 2009-05-15. Archived from the original on 2009-12-30. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Canary Wharf railway station at Wikimedia Commons