Canada Water tube station

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Canada Water tube station
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Below-ground view of the "drum" at Canada Water

Canada Water tube station is a London Underground station at Canada Water in Rotherhithe. It is on the Jubilee Line, between Bermondsey and Canary Wharf and on the East London Line between Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays. It is in Travelcard Zone 2.

Although the station forms an interchange with the East London Line, it is a wholly new building on a derelict site formerly occupied by Albion Dock, part of the old Surrey Commercial Docks. The land around the station is still undeveloped but a new housing and commercial development is envisaged for the area in 2005. The station was one of the first designed for the Jubilee Line Extension and was opened on 20 November 1999.

Above ground, the station's most salient feature is a striking glass "drum" 25 metres (80 feet) across, which covers a deep opening descending almost to the Jubilee Line platforms, 22 metres (72 feet) below the surface. This feature was designed to allow natural light to reach deep into the station, a design principle common to many of the stations on the Jubilee Line Extension. The drum is accompanied by a glass-roofed bus station designed by Eva Jiricna which serves as a hub for services in the Rotherhithe/Bermondsey area.

Below ground, the station is dominated by a huge concrete box, large enough to accommodate one of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers on its side. It is lined by a series of huge concrete pillars designed to take the weight of a commercial development to be constructed above the station.

Canada Water was originally intended to be a stop on the aborted Fleet Line Extension to Thamesmead. The extension did not happen, but Canada Water became the only projected Fleet Line Extension station to be realised on the Jubilee Line Extension.

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