Canary Wharf tube station

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Canary Wharf London Underground
Canary Wharf Tube Station - July 2009.jpg
Station entrance
Canary Wharf is located in Greater London
Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
Location of Canary Wharf in Greater London
Location Canary Wharf
Local authority London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 2
OSI Canary Wharf Docklands Light Railway [2]
Heron Quays Docklands Light Railway
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 Increase 46.59 million[3]
2012 Increase 48.04 million[3]
2013 Increase 50.05 million[3]
2014 Increase 51.81 million[3]
Railway companies
Original company London Regional Transport
Key dates
1999 Opened
Other information
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Canary Wharf is a London Underground station on the Jubilee line, between Canada Water and North Greenwich. The station, serving Canary Wharf, is in Travelcard Zone 2 and was opened by Ken Livingstone setting an escalator in motion on 17 September 1999[4] as part of the Jubilee Line Extension. It is maintained by Tube Lines. Over 40 million people pass through the station each year, making it second busiest on the London Underground outside Central London after Stratford, and also the busiest that serves only a single line. (The DLR station is completely separate.)


Before the arrival of the Jubilee line, London's Docklands had suffered from relatively poor public transport. Although the Docklands Light Railway station at Canary Wharf had been operating since 1987, by 1990 it was obvious that the DLR's capacity would soon be reached. The Jubilee line's routing through Canary Wharf was intended to relieve some of this pressure.

The tube station was intended from the start to be the showpiece of the Jubilee Line Extension, and the contract for its design was awarded in 1990 to the renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. It was constructed, by a Tarmac Construction / Bachy UK Joint Venture,[5] in a drained arm of the former dock, using a simple "cut and cover" method to excavate an enormous pit 24 metres (78 ft) deep and 265 metres (869 ft) long. The size of the interior has led to it being compared to a cathedral, and it has even been used to celebrate a wedding. However, the main reason for the station's enormous dimensions was the great number of passengers predicted; as many as 50,000 daily. These predictions have been outgrown, with as many as 69,759 on weekdays recorded in 2006.[6]

In a 2013 poll conducted by YouGov, it was voted as the "Most Loved" tube station in London.[7]

The station today

Above ground there is little sign of the vast interior: two curved glass canopies at the east and west ends of the station cover the entrances and allow daylight into the ticket hall below. The Jubilee Park, a public park is situated between the two canopies, above the station concourse. It had originally been intended that the infilled section of the dock would be reinstated above the station, but this proved impractical because of technical difficulties and the park was created instead.

As with the other below-ground stations on the Jubilee Line extension, both station platforms are equipped with platform screen doors.

Canary Wharf station has become one of the busiest stations on the network, serving the ever-expanding Canary Wharf business district. Although it shares its name with the Docklands Light Railway station at Canary Wharf, the two are not directly integrated (in fact, Heron Quays DLR station is nearer at street level). All three stations are connected underground via shopping malls. Out-of-station interchange within twenty minutes between any two of the stations entails no additional charge.[8]

Canary Wharf can be used to reverse trains from both the east and the west. A scissors crossover west of the station allows trains from Stanmore to enter either the east- or west-bound platform at the station, and trains from Stratford enter the normal westbound platform and can use this scissors crossover to reverse back towards Stratford.

The station was used as a location for some scenes of Danny Boyle's 2002 film 28 Days Later.

On 9 January 2013, the station appeared on a £1.28 British postage stamp as part of a set commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first London underground train journey. The stamp's captions read "Jubilee Line at Canary Wharf" and "1999". The Canary Wharf stamp represented the most modern phase of the Underground in the set of six stamps.[9]


London Buses routes 135, 277, D3, D7, D8 and night route N550 and Coach routes 761, 762 763, 764, 769, 770, 781, 784 serve the station.

Future proposals

Canary Wharf station and the Jubilee line Extension itself were partly funded by the owners of the Canary Wharf complex, with the intention of making it more accessible to commuters. Only five years after the construction of the extension, capacity issues started becoming apparent and upgrades were required. The first step was the lengthening of the trains from 6 to 7 cars. This was done at the end of 2005. The second step was to replace the conventional Jubilee line signalling with the Thales S40 moving-block system. This was eventually introduced into service during 2011 after many delays and teething problems and allows a more intensive timetable to operate with 30 trains per hour running in the peaks.[10]


See also


  1. "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Out of Station Interchanges" (Microsoft Excel). Transport for London. May 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data. Transport for London. April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Horne, M: The Jubilee Line, page 80. Capital Transport Publishing, 2000.
  5. Schmidlin website
  6. TfL statistics
  7. Londoners say Bank Tube station is capital's worst BBC, 23 April 2013
  8. "Out of Station Interchange (OSI)". Oyster and National Rail (independent guide). 24 March 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Royal Mail celebrates 150 years of the London Underground" (Press release). Royal Mail. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Now for the Northern – Another Underground upgrade gets into its stride

External links

Preceding station   Underground no-text.svg London Underground   Following station
towards Stanmore
Jubilee line
towards Stratford
  Out of system interchange  
Preceding station   DLR no-text roundel.svg DLR   Following station
Docklands Light Railway
Transfer at: Canary Wharf
towards Lewisham
Docklands Light Railway
Transfer at: Heron Quays
towards Lewisham
  Future interchange  
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Elizabeth Line
towards Abbey Wood