Tower Gateway shuts its doors for now…

28 06 2008

Hi all

Well today, Tower Gateway DLR station is closed for refurbishment works. But it is a major rebuilding programme. So what are they doing?

Well, the reason for the closure is to allow a total reconstruction of the narrow platform that supposed to allow two DLR trains to terminate. However, only one can be used at any one time. So, the idea is to building one single track line with two platforms. One would be used for arrivals and the other for departures. In addition to this, because of the addition of another train car, they would have to extend the platforms to accommodate this.

The project is due to be completed by Spring 2009.

So what are the alternatives? Bank station on the DLR perhaps? The answer is no! The problem at Bank is the major replacement escalator works that are happening at the Bank/Monument complex…however, if you are interchanging with the Northern line, it should be okay…

Other logical routes are…
1. Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line into central London
2. Shadwell DLR station…then a replacement bus service to Canada Water or Whitechapel…a bit long winded in my opinion
3. Stratford station, but you have to change at Poplar first!
4. Limehouse DLR station, then c2c services to Fenchurch Street…then you can get to Tower Hill.

There are probably other routes, but these seem the most appropriate options!

What do you have to say about the Tower Gateway closure? Good or bad? Let me know!