Beckton DLR station

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Beckton Docklands Light Railway
Beckton DLR station MMB 02 121.jpg
Beckton is located in Greater London
Beckton
Beckton
Location of Beckton in Greater London
Location Beckton
Local authority London Borough of Newham
Managed by Docklands Light Railway
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012 Increase 2.389 million[2]
2013 Decrease 2.377 million[3]
2014 Increase 2.648 million[3]
2015 Decrease 2.640 million[3]
Railway companies
Original company Docklands Light Railway
Key dates
28 March 1994 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 51°30′51″N 0°03′42″E / 51.5142°N 0.0616°E / 51.5142; 0.0616Coordinates: 51°30′51″N 0°03′42″E / 51.5142°N 0.0616°E / 51.5142; 0.0616
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

Beckton is the eastern terminus of the Beckton branch of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in the Docklands area of east London. It is in Travelcard Zone 3.

The DLR branch from Poplar was opened on 28 March 1994. The next station is Gallions Reach, but between the two stations the line curves through 180 degrees, such that westbound trains for Central London depart Beckton heading east. Beckton station is located north and slightly further west of Cyprus, the station after Gallions Reach. During peak hours, trains from Beckton usually depart for Tower Gateway, although there are occasional departures to Bank. Off-peak, trains tend to alternate between Tower Gateway and Stratford International. The Beckton branch of the DLR is unusual, in that it has more frequent trains off-peak than it does during peak hours. This is because during peak hours, all trains coming from Stratford International go to Woolwich Arsenal instead.

Beckton DLR depot, the principal depot for the DLR system, is located between Beckton and Gallions Reach stations, but is closer to the latter.

Like all open-air DLR stations, Beckton is unmanned and tickets are bought at the ticket machines. New machines were installed in January 2009 that now allow Oyster card users to top-up their pre-pay balance and see their journey history.[citation needed] During 2007–2008, a new bus station was constructed directly opposite the DLR station. This opened in the first week of November 2008.[citation needed]

Previous stations[edit]

When the London Docks and Beckton Gasworks were active, they were served by a railway system. A separate station known as Beckton existed on this earlier network, several hundred yards east of Beckton DLR station, until its closure in December 1940.

1977 plans for phase three of the Jubilee Line showed Beckton as a proposed eastern terminus,[citation needed] although these plans were never fulfilled.

Connections[edit]

There is a bus station directly in front of the station offering services right across East London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Up-to-date DLR entry/exit statistics for each station" (XLSX). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
towards Bank or Tower Gateway
Docklands Light Railway Terminus