Beckton Park Platform

Beckton Park Platform

Beckton Park Entrance

Beckton Park Entrance

Beckton Park Platform

Beckton Park Platform

 

The Royal Albert dock (the station is by the North quay) was constructed to the east of the earlier Victoria Dock by the St Katharine and London dock companies and opened in 1880. It was even larger than the Victoria, with over 3 miles of quay, and an entrance to the Thames far down river at Gallions Reach. In May 2013, it was announced by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, that Advanced Business Park (ABP), a Chinese developer, had signed a £1bn deal to develop the site with a complex of offices, apartments and shops. The site, to be known as Asian Business Port, will be aimed at Asian companies wanting to set-up European headquarters, and is the largest investment by a Chinese company in the UK. It is currently the most lightly used station on the DLR.

 

The station is unmanned, like most DLR stations. There are two automated machines (one on each opposing platform, separated by a central footbridge) for purchasing tickets using cash or cards, and also providing facilities to examine and top up Oystercards. There are three Oystercard readers — one on each platform between the ticket machines and a set of stairs, and a more recently added third reader at the approach to the station’s connecting footbridge (thus, due to the position, this newer Oyster reader’s pad is protected from rain). Along with neighbouring Cyprus station, Beckton Park station is of an unusual design. Between the two stations, the DLR runs in the median of a major highway built at the same time as the railway. The stations are located at highway intersections which take the form of roundabouts. On the approach to the roundabout, the road rises slightly whilst the railway dips slightly; the station is therefore situated in a cutting, under the centre of the elevated roundabout, with pedestrian access at surface level under the elevated roadways and arched over the railway.

 

Connections: London Buses route 376 and school route 678 serve the station.