Tags: Canada Water, Jubilee, Olympics, Rotherhithe, SE16, Southwark
In a couple of weeks, the Jubilee line will be one of the most crucial transport links serving London’s Olympic Games, serving not only the Olympic Park at Stratford but also the North Greenwich Arena (as the O2 is temporarily called), ExCel via Canning Town, and football at Wembley, as well as serving the many events in central London from beach volleyball, the marathon and triathlon to the parallel festivals.
So it’s easy to forget just how new the eastern part of the line is, opening only in 1999. The rebirth of Docklands pre-dates the eastern extension of the Jubilee line, but undoubtedly without it a great deal of the new development you can see today would not be there without the new tube line.
Canada Water is a good example of an area which is still undergoing its transformation, with a new centre beginning to arise around the tube station where until recently there was only tumbleweed.
The picture below (click to enlarge) was taken in 1996 looking south, and shows the large station box running from left to right, with a temporary bridge over it carrying Surrey Quays Road.
The picture below from Bing maps shows the area in about 2011; the buildings are slightly distorted on account of this being a stitch of more than one image, but the transformation over the past decade and a half is very evident. The circular building in the centre-right of the picture is the tube station, with the bus station to the right and adjacent to it. Above and to the left is the new Canada Water library, under construction in this photo but which actually opened late in 2011.
The vacant plot immediately below the station in the photo is Site A of the Barratts development, home to a fast-rising 80 metre tower with 26 floors.