Poplar Docklands Light Railway
Platforms 2 and 3 at Poplar DLR station towards Lewisham, Stratford and Canary Wharf
Location of Poplar in London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Local authorityLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets
Managed byDocklands Light Railway
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
OSICanary Wharf Crossrail
DLR annual boardings and alightings
2012Increase 2.542 million[2]
2013Decrease 2.200 million[3]
2014Increase 2.415 million[3]
2015Increase 2.710 million[3]
2016Increase 3.047 million[4]
Railway companies
Original companyDocklands Light Railway
Key dates
31 August 1987Opened
Other information
WGS8451°30′28″N 0°01′03″W / 51.5077°N 0.0174°W / 51.5077; -0.0174Coordinates: 51°30′28″N 0°01′03″W / 51.5077°N 0.0174°W / 51.5077; -0.0174
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Poplar is a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station in Poplar, close to Canary Wharf in London, England. The station is an interchange station for three of the six lines on the DLR (Stratford-Canary Wharf, Bank-Woolwich Arsenal and Tower Gateway-Beckton) making it one of the busiest stations on the network in terms of services.


Long before the opening of the DLR in 1987, there had been three stations with the name Poplar. However, none was on the site of the current station.

Poplar DLR station was opened on 21 August 1987, originally with just two platforms, being served only by the Stratford-Island Gardens branch of the DLR. As the DLR was expanded eastwards, the station was extensively remodelled, given two extra platforms and expanded to take two-car operation. On 28 March 1994 Poplar became the western terminus of the new Beckton branch, which opened the same day; on 31 July 1995, the line was extended west, joining Poplar with Westferry via a flying junction and enabling Beckton services to run to Tower Gateway. Bank to King George V (later Woolwich Arsenal) services through the station commenced on 2 December 2005.

A trial as is part of Mayor of London Draft Transport Strategy called Adopt a Station’ took place in 2018, which aims to encourage the use of public transport with space at the station will be given over to help publicise community events, classes, and workshops. It will also provide a platform for schools and groups to showcase art and it is hoped the scheme will make travelling through the station a more pleasant experience.[5]


Poplar serves a junction in four directions:

The central depot for the DLR is situated next to Poplar station and is accessed through a pair of tracks just east of Poplar. These feature the tightest curves in operation on the railway.

Panoramic view of Poplar station


London Buses

While no bus routes directly serve the station presently, routes 15 and 115, prefix route D6 and night routes N15 and N551 do provide an indirect link to the station eastbound via Hale Street at Poplar Recreation Ground/Poplar Station bus stop on East India Dock Road A13.[6]


When Crossrail opens, Poplar DLR station will be directly adjacent to the new Canary Wharf railway station. This will enable easy transfers between the two systems.

See also


  1. ^ "Step free Tube Guide" (PDF). Transport for London. April 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2021.
  2. ^ Transport for London (12 February 2013). "Freedom of Information DLR usage 1213". Transport for London. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Up-to-date DLR entry/exit statistics for each station" (XLSX). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Passenger Numbers - Docklands Light Railway Limited" (XLSX (after downloading zip)). What Do They Know. Transport for London. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ Horton, Tom. "Passengers invited to help improve Poplar DLR Station".
  6. ^ "Poplar Recreation Grd / Poplar Stn". Transport for London.
Preceding station   DLR   Following station Westferrytowards Bank or Tower GatewayDocklands Light RailwayBlackwalltowards Beckton or Woolwich Arsenal West India Quaytowards LewishamDocklands Light RailwayAll Saintstowards Stratford