Advantages Views, Punctual, Clean, Fast.
Disadvantages Does not serve the whole of London
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is the light rail system for travel in the Docklands (Isle of Dogs) and south of the river to Lewisham. It is good that the east of London is not served well by Underground lines as this is one of the most impressive forms of transport that Britain has - something to be proud of.I am not over-reacting as this system is a fabulous piece of engineering as trains are automatic, driverless, smooth, fast, clean... and the list of positives could go on and on.
This form of transport is perfect for tourists, travelling in the Docklands, as it is high overground allowing you to look out to see popular sights such as Canary Wharf, the Millenium Dome and Asda (!) - not forgetting the 'slums' of Tower Hamlets as you pull out of Shadwell. It is even more impressive to see, sitting at the front (as it is driverless) which kids (and mums and dads - practically everyone) will love. Another nice touch for the tourists is the commertary sometimes provided by a member of staff on board. This is usually around the Canary Wharf (and Isle of Dogs) area and is very interesting.The DLR operates three routes. These are:
BANK - LEWISHAM: via Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, West India Key, Canary Wharf (for Canary Wharf & Shopping Centre), Heron Quays (for Canary Wharf Underground Station - Jubilee), South Quay, Crossharbour (for London Arena & Asda), Mudchute (for Mudchute farm), Island Gardens, Cutty Sark (for Maritime Greenwich), Greenwich, Deptford Bridge, Elverson Road & Lewisham. (Bank connects to the Central Line, Waterloo & City Line, Northern Line & District and Circle Lines although it is a very long walk between platforms).TOWER GATEWAY - BECKTON: via Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, Poplar, Blackwall, East India, Canning Town (bus to London City Airport and Jubilee Line link), Royal Victoria, Custom House (for ExCel), Prince Regent, Royal Albert, Beckton Park, Cyprus, Gallions Reach & Beckton. (Tower Gateway is a short walk from Tower Hill Station for the Circle/District Lines and a short walk from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London).
STRATFORD - CROSSHARBOUR: via Pudding Mill Lane, Bow Church, Devons Road, Poplar, West India Quay, Canary Wharf (for Canary Wharf and Shopping Centre), Heron Quays (for Canary Wharf Station on the Jubilee Line), South Quay and Crossharbour (for London Arena). (Stratford connects with the Central Line and the Jubilee Line. Sometimes this route differs - ie. it will go from Stratford only to Canary Wharf but sometimes all the way down to Lewisham).The DLR are also going to costruct an extension out to London City Airport and Woolwich. Stations served will possibly include: Thames Wharf, West Silvertown, Pontoon Dock, London City Airport and then King George V on the north side of the river. There would then be a further extension underneath the river to Woolwich Arsenal. These extensions would branch off from the existing line between Canning Town and Royal Victoria.
On a commuting point of view, you feel very smug when looking down on to the clogged roads, while you speed past beating the jams.
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