Public Transport

Public Transport – Use the DLR!

In London, there is a well-developed system of public transport, including underground and overground networks of trains and buses covering the entire city.

You will find more information here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

We strongly recommend travelling to and from the venue by a combination of London Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) trains. The South Quay DLR station is just two minutes walk from the University of Sunderland London Campus. Direct trains run every few minutes from Bank Underground station to South Quay DLR station, in the direction of Lewisham (southbound). You can change to or from this line to the Jubilee Line at Canary Wharf, just two stops from South Quay.

How to find your way around

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Part of the DLR network map. From Central London go to Bank Underground station and follow signs for the DLR. Trains to Lewisham call at South QuayCutty Sark andGreenwich. In the opposite direction choose westbound DLR trains to Bank station, to connect with the London Underground system for central London. Alternatively, change from/to the Jubilee Line (silver) at Canary Wharf or Canning Town.

You can download the standard map of the London Underground here. This map is a guide to avoiding stairs on the network.

Late night travel in London

Please remember that the London Underground and the DLR close down shortly after midnight. It is not advisable to begin a journey that involves more than one train after midnight, as you could get off the first train and find that the second train has stopped running for the night. In parts of the city there are Night Buses that run until the morning, but coverage is limited. Transport for London provides lots of information about its networks of Underground, DLR, bus and river ferry services at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

How to pay

The cheapest way of using London’s public transport system is to buy either a Travelcard or an Oyster card. The Travelcard is a paper card that is available for one day or for seven days. The Oyster card is a plastic card that can be purchased with an amount of credit on it, which can be topped up as necessary. The most important thing to remember with an Oyster card is that you will be charged a lot of money if you forget to swipe it at the end of the journey. Most London Underground stations are barrier controlled, so you have to swipe the card at the beginning and the end of the journey, to get in and out. The DLR, however, does not have barriers at the entry and exit points, so if you swipe in and forget to swipe out, the system thinks you have travelled much further than you really have, and so it charges you more by default. If you forget to swipe in, you could be caught by a ticket inspector and fined. This is a modern and mostly very enjoyable public transport system to use, but please do remember to swipe in and out if there is no barrier. Changing from the Underground to the DLR at Bank station does not require you to swipe the card at Bank – you will be charged for just one journey, not two. You’ll find more information at http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/