South Quay DLR station

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South Quay Docklands Light Railway
South Quay new DLR stn look west.JPG
South Quay is located in Greater London
South Quay
South Quay
Location of South Quay in Greater London
Local authorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed byDocklands Light Railway
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012Increase 4.606 million[2]
2013Increase 5.053 million[3]
2014Increase 5.177 million[3]
2015Increase 5.300 million[3]
2016Increase 5.938 million[4]
Railway companies
Original companyDocklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987Opened
1996Rebuilt after Docklands bombing
2009Rebuilt and resited
Other information
WGS8451°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 on the Isle of Dogs, East London, England. The station is between Crossharbour and Heron Quays stations and is in Travelcard Zone 2. South Quay is in Millwall and 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 in Millwall and was a standard DLR phase 1 elevated station, subsequently extended to permit the use of 2 unit trains.

In 1996, near the station, the Docklands bombing killed 2 people and injured over 30. The IRA had claimed responsibility for it. A memorial plaque at the station was unveiled in December 2009, commemorating the victims of the 1996 bombing.[5]


The station was constrained by sharp curves at both ends and could not, therefore, be further extended on its former site. The DLR's plan to operate 3 unit trains on this line therefore included the relocation of this station to a new site over Millwall Dock some distance to the east, resulting in the relocated station partly being in Cubitt Town.

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 was that the platforms could only accommodate two-unit trains. They would need to be lengthened by thirty metres for three-unit trains but the curves either side of the station precluded extension work.[6]

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.[7]


London Buses route D8 serves the station.

Surrounding area[edit]

South Quay is surrounded by commercial offices and residential developments and their for the residential, commercial and entertainment development in this part of Millwall. The highrise Pan Peninsula Towers is 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 private estate.


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 August 2020.
  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. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Canary Wharf IRA bomb' plaque unveiled—14 years on". East London Advertiser. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Docklands Light Railway Capacity Enhancement Project. Station Closure – South Quay (DLR) Station". Transport for London. October 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  7. ^ "DLR station 'moves' at the weekend". Transport for London. 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 30 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   DLR roundel (no text).svg DLR   Following station
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