West India Quay DLR station

West India Quay is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station in Canary Wharf’s West India Quay. It is located at the point where the line from Lewisham splits into branches to Tower Gateway/Bank and Stratford. The next stations on each line are Canary Wharf DLR station (to Lewisham), Westferry (to Tower Gateway/Bank) and Poplar DLR station (to Stratford). The station is in Travelcard Zone 2.

West India Quay Docklands Light Railway
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West India Quay is located in London Borough of Tower Hamlets
West India Quay
West India Quay
Location of West India Quay in London Borough of Tower Hamlets
LocationCanary Wharf
Local authorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed byDocklands Light Railway
Number of platforms3
Fare zone2
OSICanary Wharf Elizabeth line
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2016Increase 1.357 million[2]
2017Decrease 1.281 million[3]
2018Increase 1.355 million[4]
2019Decrease 1.305 million[5]
2020Decrease 0.296 million[6]
Railway companies
Original companyDocklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987Opened
14 October 1991Closed temporarily
28 June 1993Reopened
Other information
WGS8451°30′25″N 0°01′14″W / 51.50687°N 0.020425°W / 51.50687; -0.020425Coordinates: 51°30′25″N 0°01′14″W / 51.50687°N 0.020425°W / 51.50687; -0.020425
Underground sign at Westminster.jpg London transport portal

Location and ConnectionsEdit

West India Quay station is located over the northern half of the dock of the same name in southeast end of Limehouse and is very close to both Poplar and Canary Wharf, and is in the central portion of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Situated to the south of Billingsgate Road and Aspen Way (A1261), the station is near the edge of the main Docklands re-development area. The distance from West India Quay DLR to Canary Wharf DLR is just 0.124 miles (199 m),[7] the shortest distance between stations on the entire London Underground and Docklands Light Railway system. Indeed, while standing at the station, the platforms for Canary Wharf are clearly visible just down the line, as is the following station Heron Quays station, from which Canary Wharf and West India Quay are also visible in the opposite direction.

West India Quay will be the closest DLR station to the Canary Wharf Crossrail station[citation needed].

The station is not served by any London Buses Routes.

As of April 2017 DLR trains from Bank towards Lewisham do not stop at this station, meaning to get here from the City of London passengers must travel on to Canary Wharf and get the next train in the opposite direction.[8]


The station opened in 1987 but was closed from 1991 to 1993 as the surrounding area was rebuilt. The station is near to the Museum in Docklands and the adjoining hotel and leisure facilities on the north quay of West India Docks, and indeed the platforms of the station extend over part of the dock.

Late 2000s upgradesEdit

Between March and October 2007 the station's canopy was replaced in a £1.85m project funded by Transport for London.[9] Throughout the project, TfL highlighted the sustainable nature of the project through its use of recycled materials while justifying the replacement as necessary due to the increasingly windy conditions as a result of taller developments nearby.[9]

Construction was completed in May 2009 of a new single track dive-under as part of the current capacity upgrades. A ramp takes trains from Bank to Canary Wharf under the current Canary Wharf to Poplar track. The new track goes around West India Quay, before coming back up to rejoin the route to Canary Wharf. To construct the new track next to West India Quay the easternmost platform (Platform 1) had to be demolished. A consequence of this was, that during construction, trains from Canary Wharf to Poplar and trains from Bank to Canary Wharf had to cross each other at the same level which limited junction capacity.

The work was completed in May 2009, but the bypass track was not commissioned until 24 August. It is used by all trains running from Bank to Lewisham, but trains running in the opposite direction still call at West India Quay even during peak hours.

Station layoutEdit

Until the Delta Junction upgrade in 2009, West India Quay used to contain four platforms with four tracks. From west to east (platform 4 to 1) these platforms served trains to Westferry, to Poplar, from Westferry, and Poplar. After reconstruction, the old platform 1 ceased to exist, but re-numbering occurred and trains from Poplar now arrive on the eastern track.[10]


  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. ^ Yonge, John (November 2008) [1994]. Jacobs, Gerald (ed.). Railway Track Diagrams 5: Southern & TfL (3rd ed.). Bradford on Avon: Trackmaps. map 48. ISBN 978-0-9549866-4-3.
  8. ^ tfl.gov.uk
  9. ^ a b "West India Quay Station works completed" (Press release). Transport for London. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007.
  10. ^ Delta Junction enhancement Transport for London Retrieved 19 July 2010

External linksEdit

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