Canary Wharf DLR station

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Canary Wharf Docklands Light Railway
Station viewed from the south
Canary Wharf is located in London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
Location of Canary Wharf in London Borough of Tower Hamlets
LocationCanary Wharf
Local authorityTower Hamlets
Managed byDocklands Light Railway
Number of platforms6 (facing 3 tracks)
Fare zone2
OSICanary Wharf London Underground
Canary Wharf Crossrail[2]
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012Increase 17.228 million[3]
2013Decrease 16.872 million[4]
2014Increase 18.034 million[4]
2015Increase 19.035 million[4]
2016Increase 19.359 million[5]
Key dates
November 1991Opened
Other information
WGS8451°30′18″N 0°01′15″W / 51.5051°N 0.0209°W / 51.5051; -0.0209Coordinates: 51°30′18″N 0°01′15″W / 51.5051°N 0.0209°W / 51.5051; -0.0209
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Canary Wharf is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station in the Canary Wharf in East London. The station was built into the base of One Canada Square itself, between two parts of a shopping centre,[6] it serves the Canary Wharf office complex. The station itself has six platforms serving three rail tracks and is sheltered by a distinctive elliptical glass roof.

The station is located on the DLR between Heron Quays station and West India Quay station. Canary Wharf is presently a terminus for the Stratford-Lewisham Line and services now only run to Lewisham in peak hours. The station is shown on the Tube map as being within walking distance of Canary Wharf Underground station;[7] however, Heron Quays DLR station is indicated as closer by around 50 metres.


A DLR train leaving Canary Wharf station, heading for Bank

Canary Wharf station had been part of the original DLR plans, but when the system opened in August 1987 the station was not ready.[8] It was originally planned that the station would be similar to the original station at Heron Quays, with two small platforms either side of the tracks. It soon became apparent that the Canary Wharf development would produce demand well above the capacity of a simple station. On 17 July 1987 (over a month before the DLR opened to the public) a contract was awarded to GEC-Mowlem Railway Group to rebuild the station into the considerably more elaborate and spacious design that exists today. It was opened in November 1991.[8]

Rail service and frequency[edit]

Canary Wharf is served by two lines of the DLR — Bank to Lewisham and Stratford to Lewisham. Service to Bank comes at 3.5 minute intervals from 6.30am to 10.00am; four minute intervals from 4.30pm to 7.30pm; seven minutes intervals from 7.30pm to 9pm; and ten minute intervals from 5.30am to 6.30am, 10am to 4pm, and 9pm to 12.30am.[9] There are also occasional services between Tower Gateway and Lewisham or Crossharbour.


London Buses routes 135, 277, D3, D7, D8 and night routes N277 and N550 serve the station.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. April 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Out-of-Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ Canary Wharf - Transport for London TfL official site Retrieved 3 September 2007
  7. ^ Tube map TfL official site Retrieved 3 September 2007
  8. ^ a b DLR history timeline TfL official site Retrieved 3 September 2007
  9. ^ DLR frequencies TfL official site Retrieved 4 September 2007
  10. ^ "Buses from Canary Wharf" (PDF). TfL. 17 April 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway
towards Lewisham
(eastbound West India Quay Bypass)
towards Bank
Docklands Light Railway
towards Lewisham
  Out of system interchange  
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
Transfer at: Canary Wharf
towards Stratford
  Future interchange  
Preceding station   Crossrail roundel.svg National Rail logo.svg Crossrail   Following station
Elizabeth line
Transfer at: Canary Wharf
towards Abbey Wood