Mudchute DLR station

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Mudchute
Docklands Light Railway
Mudchute DLR stn western entrance.JPG
Mudchute is located in Greater London
Mudchute
Mudchute
Location of Mudchute in Greater London
Location Mudchute
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed by Docklands Light Railway
Number of platforms 3
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access [1]
Fare zone 2
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2007–08 1.592 million[2]
2008–09 1.431 million[2]
2010–11 1.534 million[3]
Railway companies
Original company Docklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987 Opened
9 March 1992 Closed temporarily
5 April 1992 Reopened
1999 Rebuilt and resited
2009 Third platform added
Other information
Lists of stations
Portal icon London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°29′28″N 0°00′54″W / 51.4912°N 0.0150°W / 51.4912; -0.0150

Mudchute DLR station is a light rail station in London, on the Isle of Dogs near to Millwall Dock. It is on the Lewisham branch of the Docklands Light Railway and is in Travelcard Zone 2. The original station was on the route of the Millwall Extension Railway which was an old Victorian railway line that had been disused for many years. The original elevated station opened on 31 August 1987 and it was the last station before the terminus at Island Gardens. When the line was extended under the River Thames to Lewisham the station was rebuilt in a shallow cutting close to the tunnel entrance. The rebuilt station opened on 20 November 1999. In April 2008 work started on replacing the siding formed by the old route into a third platform for reversing trains and adding a canopy over the station.[4] By October 2009 these works were complete.

The station was originally intended to be named Millwall Park but around the time the DLR was being constructed Millwall F.C. had experienced some particularly nasty incidents of hooliganism, and a minority of its fans were considered to be amongst the most riotous in the country. Apart from any negative association the name may have given, local people were concerned that visiting fans in particular would travel to the station in error - not realising that the club's ground is some distance away on the other side of the river. Consequently the name Mudchute was suggested and subsequently agreed upon.

The name of the area refers to the engineering overspill when Millwall Dock was being created in the 1840s. Spoil from the excavation of the Dock and silt from its channels and waterways were dumped on nearby land, creating "The Mudchute", which quickly established itself as a wildlife habitat and adventuring location for local children.

Transport links[edit]

London Bus routes 135, 137.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived from the original on 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Boarders and Alighters by station 2007 8 2008 9 (DLR)" (XLS). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. Transport for London. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "DLR Station Data for 1st April 2010 - 31st April 2011" (PDF). Docklands Light Railway annual passenger performance 2010-2011. Transport for London. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Planning Application". 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway
towards Lewisham