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West India Quay

West India Quay

West India Quay is a district in the Docklands, London, England. It is immediately to the north of the West India Docks and Canary Wharf. The warehouse at West India Quay was used to store imported goods from the West Indies, such as tea, sugar and rum, and is now a Grade 1 listed building.[1]

Museum of London Docklands is in West India Quay, inside one of the two remaining traditional brick warehouses in the West India Docks, as is 1 West India Quay. The West India Quay DLR station serves the area.

The north dock of the West India Docks adjacent to the district has been partially drained as part of the construction of Crossrail and new station is being built at the dock (linking to the West India Quay DLR station).[2] The SS Robin and the Steam Tug Portwey have been moved away from the dock as a result of the works.

Collision at West India Quay bridgeEdit

On 22 April 1991, two Docklands Light Railway trains collided at a junction on the West India Quay bridge during morning rush hour, requiring a shutdown of the entire system and evacuation of the involved passengers by ladder.[3][4] One of the two trains was travelling automatically, operating without a driver, while the other was under manual control.[5]


  1. ^ Grade l Building reference (Tower Hamlets) LB644(a), Warehouses and General Offices, West India Dock Road, at western end of North Quay, retrieved from 2009-12-24
  2. ^ Work officially starts on Crossrail - PHOTOS Archived 17 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.,, accessed 2009-05-17
  3. ^ Another commuter train wreck in London, Jonathan I. Kamens, RISKS Digest Volume 11 Issue 52 Article 1, 23 April 1991
  4. ^ Computer-controlled commuter trains collide in east London, UPI report relayed by ClariNet news service, 22 April 1991
  5. ^ Re: Trains collide in east London, Ian G Batten, RISKS Digest Volume 11 Issue 54 Article 10, 25 April 1991

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