Cyprus Platform

Cyprus Platform

Cyprus Entrance

Cyprus Entrance

Cyprus Platform

Cyprus Platform

 

It is named after the Cyprus Estate, a housing estate built for workers at the Royal Albert Dock, which opened in 1881. The estate was named to commemorate the United Kingdom's acquisition of the island of Cyprus in 1878. It was built on one of the few pieces of land not owned by the Port of London Authority, and hence was open to such development. In 1981 during the redevelopment of the London Docklands, Cyprus was the location of the first new private housing development in the Docklands for many years, and the first sponsored by the London Docklands Development Corporation. It was considered a success in generating a balanced community and prompted further housing developments throughout the docklands. The area remains mainly a residential one, with few local commercial services, aside from the presence of the University of East London whose Docklands campus was opened in 1999 and is located on the quayside. There is also a community centre and the Royal Docks Medical Centre.

 

Along with Beckton Park, Cyprus station is of an unusual design. Between the two stations, the DLR runs in the median of a major road 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 routes 101, 262, 366, 376, 474 and 678 and night route N551 serve the station.