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Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich is a light metro station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Bank-Lewisham Line in Greenwich, south-east London, so named for its proximity to the Cutty Sark in the Maritime Greenwich district. It is the most central of the Greenwich DLR stations, being situated in Greenwich Town Centre.

Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich Docklands Light Railway
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Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich is located in Greater London
Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich
Location of Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich in Greater London
Local authorityRoyal Borough of Greenwich
Managed byDocklands Light Railway
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2 and 3
OSIGreenwich Pier London River Services
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012Increase 5.535 million[2]
2013Increase 6.149 million[3]
2014Increase 6.506 million[3]
2015Increase 6.954 million[3]
2016Increase 7.513 million[4]
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WGS8451°28′53″N 0°00′37″W / 51.4815°N 0.0103°W / 51.4815; -0.0103Coordinates: 51°28′53″N 0°00′37″W / 51.4815°N 0.0103°W / 51.4815; -0.0103
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The northernmost of the Greenwich DLR stations, Cutty Sark is located in the Maritime Greenwich district of south-eastern London. Its name comes from the clipper ship named Cutty Sark which is housed 200 metres to the north of the station; in 2007 the ship was severely damaged in a fire that occurred during restoration. A number of well-known tourist attractions are in the surrounding area, including the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich foot tunnel, Trinity College of Music, and the Old Royal Naval College.[5]

It is the first station south of the River Thames and, as the DLR passes underneath the river in a tunnel, is below ground. Along with all other stations on the Lewisham extension, it is in Travelcard Zones 2 and 3, passengers are only charged the lower of two possible fares as a result.


Cutty Sark station opened on 3 December 1999 as part of a 4.2-kilometre (3 mi) extension of the DLR from its former southern terminus of Island Gardens to Lewisham.[6] Since its opening, the extension has seen tremendous growth as a result of connecting the Isle of Dogs financial centre with Greenwich, along with two National Rail connections.[7]

The need for capacity increases has posed issues for the station. While most stations on the network have had their platforms extended as part of Transport for London's three-carriage capacity enhancement project, the island platform at Cutty Sark could not be lengthened due to cost (estimated at £30m) and risk of damage to the heritage site at street level. TfL proceeded with an alternate plan for the station that involved the use of selective door operation which allows three-car trains to stop at the station by only having the doors near the centre of the train open in both end carriages.[8]

Station layoutEdit

One of only three completely underground stations on the DLR network, Cutty Sark station utilises an island platform setup with two tracks. This is similar to its cross-river sister station, Island Gardens, but unlike Bank station, which is designed to resemble a deep-level London Underground station. Its platforms are too short for the three-car trains that run on the line, which means that the first two sets and last two sets of doors on each train do not open and customers in the front and back of the train need to move towards the centre to leave the train. This is announced on trains. A similar situation applies at Elverson Road.


On the DLR, Cutty Sark serves trains on two branches: Bank to Lewisham and Stratford to Lewisham. The former runs at frequencies of up to four minutes between trains, while the latter only runs during morning peak hours; at other times trains from Stratford terminate at Canary Wharf.[9] Passengers bound for Tower Gateway, Beckton, or Woolwich Arsenal must change at Poplar or Westferry.


London Buses routes 188 and 199 and night route N1 serve the station. [10]

Nearby places of interestEdit



  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. March 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2019.
  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. ^ Cutty Sark station information Transport for London Retrieved 2010-07-20
  6. ^ DLR history map Transport for London Retrieved 2010-07-20
  7. ^ DLR toasts 10 years of the Lewisham extension Transport for London Retrieved 2010-07-20
  8. ^ DLR public inquiry closes Transport for London Retrieved 2010-07-20
  9. ^ DLR frequencies Transport for London Retrieved 2010-07-20
  10. ^ Greenwich bus map Transport for London Retrieved 2010-07-20

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