Canning Town station

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Canning Town is a London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and London Buses station in Canning Town in London, England. It is designed as an intermodal metro and bus station, fully opening in 1999 as part of the Jubilee Line Extension - replacing the original station site north of the A13.[8] 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.[9]

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The station's northern entrance in 2008
Canning Town is located in Greater London
Canning Town
Canning Town
Location of Canning Town in Greater London
LocationCanning Town
Local authorityLondon Borough of Newham
Managed byLondon Underground
London Buses
OwnerTransport for London
Number of platforms6
Fare zone2 and 3
London Underground annual entry and exit
2014Increase 10.10 million[2]
2015Increase 10.92 million[2]
2016Increase 11.91 million[2]
2017Increase 13.28 million[2]
2018Increase 13.67 million[3]
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012Increase 19.850 million[4]
2013Decrease 19.062 million[5]
2014Increase 20.764 million[5]
2015Increase 22.371 million[5]
2016Increase 22.919 million[6]
Key dates
14 June 1847First station opened as Barking Road
1 July 1873Renamed Canning Town
29 May 1994Second station closed
29 October 1995Third station opened; DLR started to Beckton
14 May 1999Jubilee line opened
2 December 2005DLR started to King George V
9 December 2006North London service withdrawn
31 August 2011New DLR platforms open on Stratford International branch[7]
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′50″N 0°00′30″E / 51.5140°N 0.0083°E / 51.5140; 0.0083Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°00′30″E / 51.5140°N 0.0083°E / 51.5140; 0.0083
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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 platforms in 1983

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[10] in the Parish of West Ham. It was renamed Canning Town on 1 July 1873,[11] and in 1888, this station was closed, being replaced by a new station on the north side of Barking Road[12] (near Stephenson Street). The booking hall was replaced in the 1960s, and survived until 28 May 1994. The station was served by trains on the North London line to North Woolwich.

Jubilee Line Extension and Docklands Light RailwayEdit

As part of the Jubilee Line Extension (JLE) and the extension of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Beckton in the 1990s, the station was completely rebuilt on the south side of the A13, designed by Troughton McAslan. The tiered design of the station placed the DLR platforms directly above the Jubilee line platforms allowing for easy interchange.[8]

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,[citation needed] 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.[13] On 29 October 1995, a new North London Line station on the current site was opened.

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.

Stratford International DLR extensionEdit

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.[7]

In October 2019, the station was hit by Extinction Rebellion protests, causing the suspension of services at rush hour - culminating with protestors being pulled off trains by members of the public.[14]


Designed by Troughton McAslan, the station is connected by an underground concourse stretching the width of the site and connected to all platforms and the bus station by escalators, stairs and lifts. The station is fully accessible, with step free access throughout.[8]

To the west of the complex two island platforms are one above the other. The lower level island platform is served by the Jubilee line and the higher level island platform is served by the Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal branches of the DLR. To the east of the Jubilee platforms on the same level, an island platform is served by the Stratford International branch of the DLR. This platform was formerly served by the North London line.[15]

Adjacent to Silvertown Way, on the eastern side of the interchange is a bus station with 7 stands, with an enclosed above-ground concourse with doors to the surrounding bus bays. The bus station is fully connected to the DLR and Underground platforms via the underground concourse.

As well as entrances onto Silvertown Way and Barking Road, a entrance facing Bow Creek allows access to London City Island, Bow Creek Ecology Park and the Limmo Peninsula. This entrance was built as part of the JLE project in the late 1990s, but opened in 2016.[16]


Carved into the walls of a station staircase, an artwork by Richard Kindersley commemorates the Thames Iron Works, which previously stood on the site.[17]


London UndergroundEdit

The typical off-peak service, in trains per hour (tph) is:

Night Tube services run every 10 minutes on the entire line on Friday and Saturday nights.[19]

  • 6 tph Stanmore – Stratford[20]

Docklands Light RailwayEdit

The typical off-peak service is; in trains per hour (tph) 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.[21]

London BusesEdit

London Buses route 5, 69, 108 (Sunday mornings only), 115, 147, 241, 300, 309, 323, 330, 474 and night routes N15, N550 and N551 serve the bus station.[22]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures (2007-2017)" (XLSX). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. January 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  4. ^ Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  7. ^ 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]
  8. ^ a b c Powell, Ken, 1947- (2000). The Jubilee Line extension. London: Laurence King. ISBN 1-85669-184-5. OCLC 42444848.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Mayor announces real terms fares freeze". London City Hall. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  10. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 27. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  11. ^ Butt 1995, pp. 27, 52
  12. ^ Butt 1995, p. 52
  13. ^ Horne, M: The Jubilee Line, page 79. Capital Transport Publishing, 2000.
  14. ^ "Climate protesters dragged from Tube train". BBC News. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Docklands Light Railway extension marks one year to go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games". Retrieved 31 August 2011.[dead link]
  16. ^ Morton, Sophie. "Canning Town set for new station entrance". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Canning Town Underground | Richard Kindersley Studio". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  18. ^ a b c Feather, Clive (6 June 2016). "Jubilee Line". Clive's Underground Line Guides. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  19. ^ "The Night Tube". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  20. ^ Jubilee line joins London's busier than expected night tube | UK news | The Guardian
  21. ^ "DLR frequencies". Transport for London. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  22. ^ "Canning Town (Zone 2/3)". TfL. Retrieved 18 May 2020.

External linksEdit

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