London City Airport DLR station

London City Airport Docklands Light Railway
London City Airport
Location of London City Airport in Greater London
Location London City Airport, Silvertown
Local authority London Borough of Newham
Managed by Docklands Light Railway
Number of platforms 2
Accessible Yes [1]
Fare zone 3
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012 Increase 2.934 million[2]
2013 Increase 3.307 million[3]
2014 Increase 3.559 million[3]
2015 Increase 4.258 million[3]
Key dates
2 December 2005 Opened
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WGS84 51°30′13″N 0°02′56″E / 51.503611°N 0.048889°E / 51.503611; 0.048889Coordinates: 51°30′13″N 0°02′56″E / 51.503611°N 0.048889°E / 51.503611; 0.048889
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London City Airport is a station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) serving London City Airport in east London, which is on the Woolwich Arsenal branch. It opened on 2 December 2005. It was first located on what was initially King George V branch, and was, until the extension to Woolwich Arsenal was completed, the reason for this branch. It continues to be an important station on the DLR. Trains run westbound to Bank in the City of London, northbound to Stratford International and eastbound to Woolwich Arsenal. The station is in the London Borough of Newham and is located in Travelcard Zone 3.


Prior to December 2005, Docklands Light Railway trains would arrive at Canning Town and would only be able to continue in a southeasterly direction towards Royal Victoria. In December 2005, however, the new King George V branch was opened.

Before the station was built the land was home to Drew Primary School; the school was over 100 years old and consisted of three floors with classrooms also on the roof. The new Drew Primary can be found just down the road.[4]


The station (like many Docklands Light Railway stations) is elevated. It is also fully enclosed. There are two entrances to the station and the platforms are connected by escalators and lifts to an intermediate level with a direct link into the airport concourse. Main access to the station for local passengers and mobility impaired customers is by a lower level subway.

It has a direct covered connection with the adjacent airport terminal building. Although the station maintains the DLR philosophy of design, it makes concessions to cater for airport passengers, including a fully enclosed waiting room on the central island platform and, unusually for the DLR, a manned ticket office. There is a crossover west of the station which allows trains from Poplar and Woolwich Arsenal to reverse here during periods of disruption.


The station is situated to the west side of London City Airport in Silvertown.


Trains run westbound about every 10 minutes to Bank in the City of London and every 10 minutes to Stratford International, adjacent to the Olympic Park. Journey time is 7 minutes to Canning Town to interchange with the Beckton branch of the DLR and with the Jubilee line; 12 minutes to Poplar to interchange with the Stratford and Lewisham branches of the DLR; and 22 minutes to Bank in the City of London.

Trains run eastbound every 10 minutes to Woolwich Arsenal. The journey time is 6 minutes to the terminus.

In peak hours, this increases to every eight minutes between both Bank and Stratford to Woolwich, providing a service every four minutes between Canning Town and Woolwich Arsenal.

Preceding station   DLR   Following station
towards Bank or Tower Gateway
Docklands Light Railway


London Buses routes 473 and 474 serve the station.


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