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Canary Wharf station serves the huge Canary Wharf business development. This development is the largest single part of the Docklands redevelopment, providing much of the DLR's traffic. The main building, 1 Canada Square, is the tallest building in the UK and the second-tallest in Europe. The area is host to a number of banks and financial insitutions, and has become a financial centre second in importance in the country only to the City of London. The building of Canary Wharf prompted the DLR's Bank extension, to provide better links to the City.

Canary Wharf is the most substatial station on the DLR. Its trainshed spans 6 platform faces on three tracks, and the station is integrated the surrounding Cabot Place office and shopping complex. The platforms are at first floor level, and can be reached via lifts/escaltors from ground level, or by level access from the first floor of Cabot Place's shopping centre.

All three tracks have platform faces at either side, speeding up boarding and disembarking. Some trains from Bank or Stratford terminate here, while others continue to Crossharbour and Lewisham.

The original station at Canary Wharf was built with the rest of the initial system, but didn't open in 1987 as the decision had already been taken to rebuild the station, which was to be engulfed by the Canary Wharf office development. The station structure was instead dismantled, with parts used in the expansion of other stops, and the current stop was constructed on the site and opened in 1991. Interestingly, rather than reprogram the automatic train control software, trains initially stopped at Canary Wharf, even after the structure had been dismantled, although the doors weren't opened and the trains immediately started departed.

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Lewisham
Stratford
Bank
† some trains during Monday–Friday evening peak terminate at Crossharbour  

 

 

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