Island Gardens DLR station

Island Gardens is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station next to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs, East London. It is just north of the River Thames and is close to the southern tip of the Isle of Dogs and the River Thames.

Island Gardens Docklands Light Railway
Station entrance
Island Gardens is located in Greater London
Island Gardens
Island Gardens
Location of Island Gardens in Greater London
LocationIsland Gardens, Isle of Dogs
Local authorityTower Hamlets
Managed byDocklands Light Railway
Number of platforms2
Fare zone2
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2016Decrease 2.997 million[2]
2017Decrease 2.899 million[3]
2018Decrease 2.717 million[4]
2019Decrease 2.709 million[5]
2020Decrease 1.329 million[6]
Railway companies
Original companyDocklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987Opened
9 March 1992Closed temporarily
5 April 1992Reopened
8 January 1999[7]Original station closed permanently
20 November 1999New station on Lewisham extension opened
Other information
WGS8451°29′17″N 0°00′37″W / 51.4881°N 0.0104°W / 51.4881; -0.0104Coordinates: 51°29′17″N 0°00′37″W / 51.4881°N 0.0104°W / 51.4881; -0.0104
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Island Gardens is a public park with a notable view across the river to the classical buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital and the National Maritime Museum, with Greenwich Park forming a backdrop. The northern entrance of the Greenwich foot tunnel is within the park.


Island Gardens DLR station before being rebuilt

The original Island Gardens DLR station was opened on 31 August 1987 as the southern terminus of the initial system.[8] It was built adjacent to the site of the old North Greenwich railway station, which had been the southern terminus of the former Millwall Extension Railway. It was elevated with two platforms, each capable of accommodating a single car train. The station required significant rebuilding to allow the platforms to take two-car trains.[citation needed]

The extension to Lewisham passes under the River Thames in a deep tube tunnel. This required a new station to be built slightly further away from the river, north of Manchester Road, and underground. The original station and the southern end of the connecting viaduct have since been demolished.[9]

Pre-opening incidentEdit

On 10 March 1987, before the system opened, a test train crashed through buffer stops at the original high-level Island Gardens terminus and was left hanging from the end of the elevated track. The accident was caused by unauthorised tests being run before the correct installation of the wayside safety system had been verified; an omission in the wayside system allowed the train to travel too fast on the approach to the terminus. The train was being driven manually at the time.[10][11][12]


Island Gardens in 1987

London Buses routes 135, the D prefix route D7 and night route N550 serve the station.


Preceding station     DLR   Following station
towards Bank
Docklands Light Railway
towards Lewisham


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. April 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2017. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  7. ^ Feather, Clive. "Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides". Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  8. ^ Transport for London
  9. ^
  10. ^ London Docklands Light Railway; Northern Line's Dot-Matrix Indicators Archived 24 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine RISKS Digest Volume 5 Issue 29 Article 3, 13 August 1987
  11. ^ Report on the Docklands Light Railway Accident Which Occurred at Island Gardens Station on 10 March 1987, Modern Railways (London), May 1987.[page needed]
  12. ^ "'Unauthorised Tests' Caused DLR Crash", Modern Railways (London), June 1987.[page needed]

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