Cutty Sark DLR station
Cutty Sark is a light metro
Medium-capacity rail transport system
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 station on the Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway
The Docklands Light Railway is an automated light metro or light rail system opened on 31 August 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of London...

 system in central Greenwich, London
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. One of three DLR stations in the London Borough of Greenwich
London Borough of Greenwich
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, it is also known as Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich for its location within the aforementioned district.


The northernmost of the Greenwich DLR stations, Cutty Sark is located in the Maritime Greenwich district of south-eastern London. Its name comes from the clipper ship named Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark is a clipper ship. Built in 1869, she served as a merchant vessel , and then as a training ship until being put on public display in 1954...

 which is housed one block to the east of the station; in 2007 the ship was severely damaged in a fire that occurred during restoration. A number of well-known tourist attractions are in the surrounding area, including the National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum
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, Royal Observatory
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
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, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich foot tunnel
Greenwich foot tunnel
The Greenwich foot tunnel is a pedestrian tunnel crossing beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich in the south with the Isle of Dogs to the north...

, Trinity College of Music
Trinity College of Music
Trinity College of Music is one of the London music conservatories, based in Greenwich. It is part of Trinity Laban.The conservatoire is inheritor of elegant riverside buildings of the former Greenwich Hospital, designed in part by Sir Christopher Wren...

, and the Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College
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It is the first station south of the River Thames
River Thames
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 and, as the DLR passes underneath the river in a tunnel, is below ground. Along with all other stations on the Lewisham
Lewisham is a district in South London, England, located in the London Borough of Lewisham. It is situated south-east of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.-History:...

 extension, it is in Travelcard Zones 2
Travelcard Zone 2
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 and 3
Travelcard Zone 3
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; passengers are only charged the lower of two possible fares as a result.


Cutty Sark station opened on 3 December 1999 as part of a 4.2 km (3 mi) extension of the DLR from its former southern terminus of Island Gardens to Lewisham. Since its opening, the extension has seen tremendous growth as a result of connecting the Isle of Dogs financial centre with Greenwich, along with two National Rail
National Rail
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The need for capacity increases has posed issues for the station. While most stations on the network have had their platforms extended as part of Transport for London's three-carriage capacity enhancement project, the island platform at Cutty Sark could not be lengthened due to cost (estimated at £30m) and risk of damage to the heritage site at street level. TfL proceeded with an alternate plan for the station that involved the use of selective door operation which allows three-car trains to stop at the station by only having the doors near the centre of the train open in both end carriages.

Station layout

One of only four completely underground stations on the DLR network, Cutty Sark station utilises an island platform setup with two tracks. This is similar to its cross-river sister station, Island Gardens
Island Gardens DLR station
Island Gardens DLR station is a Docklands Light Railway station on the Isle of Dogs, just north of the River Thames. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.The station is close to the southern tip of the Isle of Dogs and the River Thames...

, but unlike Bank station, which is designed to resemble a deep-level London Underground station.


On the DLR, Cutty Sark serves trains on two branches: Bank to Lewisham and Stratford to Lewisham. The former runs at frequencies of up to four minutes between trains, while the latter only runs during morning peak hours; at other times trains from Stratford terminate at Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf DLR station
Canary Wharf DLR station is a Docklands Light Railway station in London, England. Built into the base of One Canada Square, between two parts of a shopping centre, it serves the Canary Wharf office complex...

. Passengers bound for Tower Gateway, Beckton, or Woolwich Arsenal must change at Poplar or Westferry.

Bus connections

London Bus routes 188
London Buses route 188
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, 199 and night route N1 stop directly outside the station. Other routes stop nearby in Greenwich Village.
Service | Towards TfL
Transport for London
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Stop A
188 North Greenwich
North Greenwich tube station
North Greenwich is a station on London Underground's Jubilee Line, opened on 14 May 1999.Despite its name, North Greenwich is not in the area historically known as North Greenwich, on the Isle of Dogs, north of the river; an entirely different station used to be there, between 1872 and 1926...

199 Catford
Catford is a district in south London, England, located in the London Borough of Lewisham. It is situated south-east of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.-Architecture:...

 bus garage
Stop B
188 Russell Square
Russell Square tube station
Russell Square is a London Underground station on Bernard Street, Bloomsbury in the London Borough of Camden. It is a small but busy station, often used by office workers and by tourists who are staying in Bloomsbury's numerous hotels. The station is a Grade II listed building.-History:The station...

 via Canada Water
199 Canada Water

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