Abbey Road DLR station

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Infobox London station Abbey Road DLR station is a Docklands Light Railway station in the West Ham neighbourhood of the London Borough of Newham, in east London, England. It is located on the Stratford International extension of the Docklands Light Railway.

History

The station is built on the original route of the Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway which opened between Stratford and Canning Town stations in 1846. The line became part of what is now known as the North London Line in 1979. The Eastern Counties and Thames Junction Railway had four tracks over this section of route. The western pair were redeveloped as part of an extension to the London Underground's Jubilee Line in 1999 and the eastern pair, which carried the North London Line service, were cut back at Stratford in 2006. The tracks were converted for use as part of the Docklands Light Railway and the station was constructed with two platforms. It opened on 31 August 2011, over a year late, providing the community new links to the rest of London.

Design

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Platforms looking north, soon after opening.

Abbey Road station utilises a simple platform setup with two tracks.<ref name="map">Abbey Road station map DLR Developments Retrieved 2010-04-04</ref> At the southern section of each platform are lifts and stairs for access to a skybridge to connect the two platforms. The eastern end of this bridge has a concourse that runs to the northern side of Abbey Road, where passengers can exit the station.<ref name="map"/> The Jubilee Line passes through this station but does not have platforms here.

Location and Connections

The area between Canning Town and Stratford has been identified for major regeneration and new development as part of the Lower Lea Valley. The street that it serves is named after the nearby Stratford Langthorne Abbey.

The station is nowhere near the other, better-known Abbey Road of Beatles fame, which is located in Westminster, with the celebrated zebra crossing near St John's Wood tube station. Signs directing travellers to the right station are posted, complete with references to The Beatles' hits.

The station is on Abbey Road in West Ham, which is a busy road linking the A118, A11 and A12 at Bow and the A1011 and A112 at West Ham, avoiding Stratford town centre. The station and the houses around it are not currently served by buses, but nearby bus stops are along Manor Road, West Ham Lane and New Plaistow Road, which are served by route 69, 241, 262, 276 and 473.

Services

Off-peak, trains run every ten minutes to between Stratford International to the North and Beckton to the South. In the peak hours trains run every eight minutes between Stratford International and Woolwich Arsenal.

References

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