Tube Map Walks: DLR
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
Today I walked an entire network. Up before sunrise and managed to bag the ‘drivers seat’ on the train to Beckton where I started my 'DLR in One Day Challenge'. Initially heading east, I looped round to Gallions Reach, then headed west following the Royal Albert and Royal Victoria Docks passing ExCeL London. Heading north, past the mouth of the River Lea, the tracks follow the original Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway (opened in 1846) up to Stratford.
A short trip through Westfield Stratford City brings you out to Stratford International and then a meander through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park gets you to the newly redeveloped Pudding Mill Lane Station. The walk then went back south to Woolwich Arsenal, passing by the Thames Barrier, London City Airport and through the Woolwich Foot Tunnel.
From Woolwich I headed to Lewisham, the southern most station on the network, and headed back north via Greenwich, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and Canary Wharf. It was then west to the City, where I ended the walk at Bank Station.
The DLR is an automated light metro system opened in 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of London. The initial system comprised two routes, from Tower Gateway or Stratford to Island Gardens. The three branches totalled 8 miles and had 15 stations. Following several extensions, the newest being Stratford International to Canning Town (2011), the network is now around 25 miles long and has 45 stations.
Distance: around 28 miles.