Tower Gateway DLR station

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Tower Gateway Docklands Light Railway
Tower Gateway DLR stn entrance 2009.JPG
Tower Gateway is located in Central London
Tower Gateway
Tower Gateway
Location of Tower Gateway in Central London
Location Tower Hill
Local authority City of London
Managed by Docklands Light Railway
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 1
OSI Fenchurch Street National Rail [2]
Tower Hill London Underground
Cycle parking Yes
Toilet facilities No
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012 Increase 4.605 million[3]
2013 Decrease 4.053 million[4]
2014 Decrease 3.837 million[4]
2015 Increase 4.072 million[4]
Railway companies
Original company Docklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
WGS84 51°30′37″N 0°04′29″W / 51.5104°N 0.0746°W / 51.5104; -0.0746Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°04′29″W / 51.5104°N 0.0746°W / 51.5104; -0.0746

Tower Gateway is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station near Tower Hill and the Tower of London. It is situated within the Tower ward of the City of London. It adjoins the tracks to Fenchurch Street station and is located on the site of a former station called Minories. Tower Gateway is within London fare zone 1.

It is a short walk from both Tower Hill tube station and Fenchurch Street. Access at street level from the Minories is via escalator, stairs or lift at the western end of the station. A pedestrian crossing connects the station with Tower Hill station, its closest London Underground connection. A narrow secondary staircase entrance at the eastern end of the platform, improved considerably in the early 2000s, descends to Mansell Street. It serves the eastern edge of the City of London financial district and development around St Katharine Docks.

History[edit]

It was opened in 1987 as the western terminus of the initial DLR system and the station closest to central London.

The underground extension to Bank, which opened in 1991, diverges from the original route between Tower Gateway and Shadwell, the next station to the east. It dives down a steep ramp not far from the eastern end of the platforms, from which it is clearly visible. Tower Gateway is the terminus for the less busy service to Beckton. Journeys to other branches of the DLR normally require a change.

In keeping with the DLR's original basic lightweight philosophy, Tower Gateway is a simple elevated terminus. As built it had two tracks and a cross-over. When the extension to Bank opened, its importance was substantially reduced. Before reconstruction it had a fairly narrow central platform, and a single track leading from the main route to a set of points immediately prior to the platforms.

Further major alterations began on 30 June 2008. The station reopened on 2 March 2009, rebuilt as a single-track terminus to enable three-car trains with a platform on each side of the train, one for arriving passengers and the other for departures (the Spanish solution).

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

Connections[edit]

London Buses routes 42, 78, 100 and RV1 and night route N551 serve the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. 
  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. 

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