From the Tower of London, I decided to go to Greenwich Park to check off another item on the typical London to-do list. Unfortunately, on the day of my travel, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) was not in operation from Bank and Tower Gateway to Poplar and West India Quay due to planned maintenance works. Rail replacement bus services were in place for the affected sectors.
Lots of planned closures this weekend, affecting the DLR, Circle Line and District Line from Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations. Not a good day to travel by train here today.
The rail replacement bus service information for the Circle Line, District Line and Hammersmith & City Line.
The rail replacement bus service information for the DLR.
Heading over to Stop TC opposite Tower Gateway DLR Station.
The rail replacement bus service information posted on Stop TC.
Barely 2 minutes of waiting, the DLR replacement bus Service A is approaching the bus stop.
The service information of the DLR replacement bus Service A.
Even though the signs say that you must have a valid ticket to travel on the replacement bus service, and that normal DLR fares will apply, when attempting to pay with my Oyster, I was waved on board by the staff who told me to “just grab a seat, mate”. I guess there’s no way for them to compute the fares if I changed to the DLR at Canary Wharf without charging me a double fare if I had touched on to the bus assuming I wouldn’t have reached my daily cap, so the trust/free system is in place.
The interior of the upper deck of Sullivan Buses’ Alexander Dennis Enviro400, roped in to operate on the DLR replacement bus Service A.
No, bus. You’re not the DLR to Canary Wharf. You’re a bus.
Departing from Tower Gateway.
Making a brief stop at Watney Market (Stop F) for Shadwell Overground.
Making a brief stop at Limehouse (Stop LB) for Limehouse DLR and c2c.
Passing under the National Rail bridge.
Another DLR rail replacement bus service heading towards Bank.
Turning onto West India Dock Road.
Passing under the Poplar – West India Quay wye junction.
Passing by Poplar DLR Station.
Getting off Aspen Way on to the roundabout.
Turning into Trafalgar Way.
Approaching the modern skyline of Canary Wharf.
Crossing over the Blackwall Basin.
There seems to be security checks for all vehicles entering Canary Wharf. However, the DLR bus was waved through.
Heading straight into Canary Wharf.
The DLR replacement bus Service A terminates here at Canary Wharf.
Ah, I’ve seen this place before.
Passing under Canary Wharf DLR Station.
Stopping at Canary Wharf (Stop G).
Canary Wharf (Stop G) is located just under Canary Wharf DLR Station.
To continue on to the DLR, cross over to the station and touch in for your journey as per normal.
Canary Wharf is also a station for the Jubilee Line.
The DLR operates with single-articulated cars, with 2 or 3 cars usually forming 1 set. A 3-car set easily stretches from Canary Wharf to Heron Quays – that shows how short the distance between those 2 stations are.
To help with the line closures, a special Canary Wharf – Woolwich Arsenal DLR service replacing the regular Bank – Woolwich Arsenal service is in place to reduce the number of transfers a passenger would further require to take at Poplar. This departs from the middle track of Canary Wharf.