South Quay DLR station

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South Quay Docklands Light Railway
South Quay DLR platforms (2).jpg
South Quay is located in Greater London
South Quay
South Quay
Location of South Quay in Greater London
Location Canary Wharf
Local authority Tower Hamlets
Managed by Docklands Light Railway
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes[1]
Fare zone 2
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012 Increase 4.606 million[2]
2013 Increase 5.053 million[3]
2014 Increase 5.177 million[3]
2015 Increase 5.300 million[3]
Railway companies
Original company Docklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987 Opened
1994 Refurbished
1996 Rebuilt after Docklands bombing
2009 Rebuilt and resited
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 51°29′59″N 0°00′58″W / 51.4998°N 0.0161°W / 51.4998; -0.0161Coordinates: 51°29′59″N 0°00′58″W / 51.4998°N 0.0161°W / 51.4998; -0.0161
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London Transport portal

South Quay is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station in Canary Wharf in Greater London, England. The station is situated on the Isle of Dogs within the East End of London that is between Crossharbour and Heron Quays stations and is in Travelcard Zone 2. South Quay station is located on the southern shore of the South Dock of the West India Docks; the current station platforms sit astride the channel connecting Millwall Dock to the West India Docks.

The original South Quay station opened in 1987, and was a standard DLR phase 1 elevated station, subsequently extended to permit the use of 2 car trains. The station was constrained by sharp curves at both ends and could not therefore be further extended on its former site. The DLR's plans to operate 3 car trains on this line therefore included the relocation of this station some distance to the east.

In 1996, near the station, the Docklands bombing killed 2 people and injured over 30.

Closure and relocation[edit]

In October 2004, Transport for London announced plans to close and replace South Quay station with a station at a new location because of increased use of the Docklands Light Railway. The reason for the move is that the platforms could only accommodate two car trains. They would need to be lengthened by thirty metres for three car trains but the curves either side of the station precluded extension work.[4]

The new station, on a straight section of track 125 metres (410 ft) to the east, opened on Monday 26 October 2009 with the old station closing on Friday 23 October.[5] A memorial plaque at the station was unveiled in December 2009, commemorating the victims of the 1996 bombing.[6]


London Buses route D8 which is part of the D prefix routes serves the station.

Surrounding area[edit]

South Quay station is surrounded by commercial offices and residential developments. The highrise Pan Peninsula Towers are immediately adjacent to the station. A small shopping centre, South Quay Plaza, is across the road from the station. The Hilton London Canary Wharf hotel is also close to the station. Further afield, the southern shore of the South Dock of the West India Docks to the west of the station is lined with restaurants. The South Quay Footbridge provides a connection to the Canary Wharf estate.


  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. 
  4. ^ "Docklands Light Railway Capacity Enhancement Project. Station Closure – South Quay (DLR) Station" (PDF). Transport for London. October 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  5. ^ TfL Press Release
  6. ^ "Canary Wharf IRA bomb’ plaque unveiled—14 years on". East London Advertiser. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

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