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Mudchute is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station on the Isle of Dogs, next to Mudchute in London, England. The station is situated in the Millwall area and is in Travelcard Zone 2. The original station was on the route of the Millwall Extension Railway which was an old Victorian railway line that had been disused for many years. The original elevated station opened on 31 August 1987 and it was the last station before the terminus at Island Gardens. When the line was extended under the River Thames to Lewisham the station was rebuilt in a shallow cutting close to the tunnel entrance. The rebuilt station opened on 20 November 1999. In April 2008 work started on replacing the siding formed by the old route into a third platform for reversing trains and adding a canopy over the station.[5] By October 2009 these works were complete.

Mudchute Docklands Light Railway
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Mudchute is located in Greater London
Mudchute
Mudchute
Location of Mudchute in Greater London
LocationMillwall
Local authorityTower Hamlets
Managed byDocklands Light Railway
Number of platforms3
AccessibleYes[1]
Fare zone2
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012Increase 1.841 million[2]
2013Increase 1.908 million[3]
2014Increase 2.107 million[3]
2015Increase 2.311 million[3]
2016Increase 2.314 million[4]
Railway companies
Original companyDocklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987Opened
9 March 1992Closed temporarily
5 April 1992Reopened
1999Rebuilt and resited
2009Third platform added
Other information
WGS8451°29′28″N 0°00′54″W / 51.4912°N 0.0150°W / 51.4912; -0.0150Coordinates: 51°29′28″N 0°00′54″W / 51.4912°N 0.0150°W / 51.4912; -0.0150
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The station was originally intended to be named Millwall Park but around the time the DLR was being constructed Millwall F.C. had experienced some particularly nasty incidents of hooliganism, and a minority of its fans were considered to be amongst the most riotous in the country. Apart from any negative association the name may have given, local people were concerned that visiting fans in particular would travel to the station in error - not realising that the club's ground is some distance away on the other side of the river. Consequently, the name Mudchute was suggested and subsequently agreed upon.

The name of the area refers to the engineering overspill when Millwall Dock was being created in the 1840s.[6] Spoil from the excavation of the Dock and silt from its channels and waterways were dumped on nearby land, creating "The Mudchute", which quickly established itself as a wildlife habitat and adventuring location for local children.

BusesEdit

London Buses routes 135 and 277 serve the station.

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Planning Application". Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ Charlie Lawrence-Jones & Liam Beard (21 July 2019). "From Cockfosters to Swiss Cottage, the true meaning of 13 strange London tube station names explained". North Wales Live.

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