Canning Town station

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Canning Town London Underground Docklands Light Railway London Buses
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Northern entrance to Canning Town station
Canning Town is located in Greater London
Canning Town
Canning Town
Location of Canning Town in Greater London
Location Canning Town
Local authority London Borough of Newham
Managed by London Underground
Owner London Underground
Number of platforms 6
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2 and 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 Increase 8.71 million[2]
2012 Increase 8.74 million[2]
2013 Increase 9.78 million[2]
2014 Increase 10.10 million[2]
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2007–08 8.765 million[3]
2008–09 Increase 10.736 million[3]
2010–11 Increase 12.439 million[4]
Key dates
14 June 1847 First station opened as Barking Road
1 July 1873 Renamed Canning Town
1888 Relocated
29 May 1994 Second station closed
29 October 1995 Third station opened; DLR started to Beckton
14 May 1999 Jubilee line started
2 December 2005 DLR started to King George V
9 December 2006 North London service withdrawn
31 August 2011 New DLR platforms open on Stratford International branch[5]
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portalCoordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°00′30″E / 51.5140°N 0.0083°E / 51.5140; 0.0083
The platforms in 1983

Canning Town is an inter-modal transport interchange in Canning Town, East London. It is served by the London Underground Jubilee line, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and local buses operated for London Buses. On 11 November 2015 the Mayor of London announced that it would be rezoned to be on the boundary of Travelcard Zone 2 and Travelcard Zone 3.[6] Until 1873 it was known as Barking Road.


The first station, originally named Barking Road, was opened on 14 June 1847 by the Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway on the south side of Barking Road[7] in the Parish of West Ham. It was renamed Canning Town on 1 July 1873,[8] and in 1888, this station was closed, being replaced by a new station on the north side of Barking Road[9] (near Stephenson Street). The booking hall was replaced in the 1960s, and survived until 28 May 1994. On 29 October 1995, a new North London Line station on the current site was opened. Original DLR plans were that the Beckton line would run directly east/west between Blackwall and Royal Victoria, and the substantial loop to serve Canning Town was a late design change. The DLR station opened on 28 March 1994, but was closed between 6 June 1996 and 5 March 1998 for the construction of the Jubilee line extension. The Jubilee line station opened on 14 May 1999.[10] The North London Line platforms closed on 9 December 2006 as part of the closure of the Stratford to North Woolwich section of the line. On 31 August 2011 these platforms re-opened on the new Stratford International branch of the Docklands Light Railway.[5]

On the station is a plaque commemorating the Thames Iron Works, which stood on this site.


Trains of Jubilee (below) and DLR (above) at Canning Town

The interchange is above ground, but access is by an underground concourse stretching the width of the site and connected to all platforms and the bus station by escalators, stairs and lifts.

To the west of the complex two island platforms are one above the other. The lower platform is served by the Jubilee line (1 platform two faces) and the higher the DLR. To the east of the Jubilee platforms on the same level one platform (two faces) is served by the DLR (these were served by the North London Line until 9 December 2006 and reopened for DLR on 31 August 2011).[11] The bus station has an enclosed above-ground concourse with doors to the surrounding bus bays.

The DLR branch to London City Airport opened on 2 December 2005. This branch diverges from the branch to Beckton 1/4 mile south of the interchange, with trains from both branches serving the current platforms. The next station along the branch is West Silvertown. A substantial change to the DLR junction south of the station opened on 1 June 2009, when the Beckton branch was diverted onto a new flyover that crosses the eastbound Woolwich branch and the branch to Stratford International. As a result of these changes trains to Woolwich and Beckton can depart from any DLR platform face.


The interchange is on a north-south alignment, constrained by Bow Creek immediately to the west, Silvertown Way to the east, the A13 Canning Town Flyover (a major east-west road bridge crossing the Canning Town Roundabout at the throat of the station) to the north, and the River Thames to the south.


The typical off-peak service is:

In the peak hours the pattern is:

  • Every four minutes to Bank or Tower Gateway
  • Every eight minutes to Beckton
  • Every eight minutes to Stratford International
  • Every four minutes to Woolwich Arsenal.[12]
Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
towards Stratford
Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
towards Bank or Tower Gateway
Docklands Light Railway
towards Beckton
  Disused Railways  
Custom House
  British Rail Eastern Region
Palace Gates Line
  Stratford Market
Custom House   Silverlink
North London Line
  West Ham

Bus station[edit]

Canning Town bus station is operated by London Buses which is on the eastern side of the interchange fully connected to the DLR and Underground platforms via a subway providing links right across East London.

London bus routes 5, 69, 115, 147, 241, 300, 309, 323, 330 and 474 and night routes N15, N550 and N551 serve the station.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ a b "Docklands Light Railway extension marks one year to go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games". Transport for London. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^
  7. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 27. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  8. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 27, 52
  9. ^ Butt 1995, p. 52
  10. ^ Horne, M: The Jubilee Line, page 79. Capital Transport Publishing, 2000.
  11. ^ "Docklands Light Railway extension marks one year to go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games". Retrieved 31 August 2011. [dead link]
  12. ^ "DLR frequencies". Transport for London. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 

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