Anyone who makes extensive use of the Jubilee Line and DLR in the Canary Wharf area will be well aware that only tourists/visitors would ever try to switch between the Canary Wharf stations on each line, as Herron Quays on the DLR is much closer to the Jubilee Line station than its DLR namesake.
We have two Canary Wharf stations that are realistically, not that close to each other – but the problem will get magnified in the future when a third Canary Wharf station opens, which is not close to either of the two existing stations.
The below rough image may give an idea of the confusion
Three stations with the same name, all of which will have alternative stations to choose from if swapping between lines.
The reality is that if you are using Crossrail, the closest DLR will be West India Quays. If you are using the Jubilee Line, as existing users well understand, the closest DLR is Herron Quays.
The DLR station called Canary Wharf is isolated within the main shopping centre and not particularly close to either of its namesakes. Not just distant physically, but the pedestrian route to the Jubilee Line can be quite difficult for visitors to follow.
Time for a rethink?
The launch of Crossrail gives the London Underground a rare chance to change the tube maps in most trains on the network along with the routine updates of the larger maps in the stations. It could also therefore be a rare chance to consider the various ongoing calls to rename some stations – such as restoring Surrey Quays to Surrey Docks, or changing Archway to Dick Whittington.
Likewise, a chance to clean up the mess in Docklands?
My proposal – for what it is worth – mainly affects the DLR.
The DLR’s West India Quays becomes maybe Docklands for Crossrail.
The DLR’s Herron Quays becomes Canary Wharf.
The DLR’s existing Canary Wharf becomes maybe Canada Square (the name of the tall tower it is next to).
The Jubilee Line Canary Wharf is unchanged, while Crossrail becomes Docklands.
It is now clear that the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line and DLR stations of the same name are close to each other. Equally, it is clear which DLR station is closest to the future Crossrail station.
Canada Square DLR station more accurately reflects its proximity to the tower, which is now just one of a large collection of towers in the Canary Wharf estate and no longer defines the area in the way it did when first built.
I suspect that renaming the Crossrail station from Canary Wharf to Docklands will be the most contentious aspect of the proposals, but I feel it would be difficult to retain the name without causing confusion with the other Canary Wharf stations.
You may rip the idea to pieces in the comments below 😉