We are about to become even more connected

On the edge of the water at West India Quay, next to the new Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, an exciting development area has reached its final stages of planning. Work will soon begin at the North Quay site bringing much needed residential apartments, an area of retail units and further office space to add to the expanding business area of Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf has flourished since the times, just 25 years ago, when it was a disused dock offering little to the local community or the City of London. It is now the fastest growing business district in Europe, a highly important London hub and a modern, smart place to live. Part of the success of Canary Wharf is due to its accessibility from the rest of the capital city by way of the Jubilee Line tube, Docklands Light Railway and road links. At the end of 2018, getting around will be even easier when the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf opens its doors. The ultra-modern station has been built below the water at West India Quay with the entrance at Crossrail Place. The full route is expected to run from the end of 2019, at which time Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street will take just 6 minutes, and travelling to Paddington will take 17 minutes. This Crossrail route, called the Elizabeth Line, will eventually go all the way from Reading to Abbey Wood covering 60 miles in total, with a handy stop at Heathrow Airport connecting Canary Wharf with the rest of the world.

The new development at North Quay will consist of two towers, one 43 floors tall and the other 37 floors with a central building linking the two together. Office space is in demand in this busy area, but there is also a need to address housing issues, so the towers will be mixed-use to satisfy both requirements. Retail units will also be included, and it is proposed they will face the water so they are a pleasure to use, ensuring North Quay will become a must-visit destination. The new retail openings will also offer further, non-office job opportunities to the local community, adding to the high-end stores already available at Canada Square a few minute's away.

Along with the towers, extensive landscaping will be introduced and the waterside will be accessible to the public, making North Quay a beautiful place to live, work and visit. At the same time, enhanced pedestrian walkways will be developed to create a step-free connection to Poplar High Street. The busy Aspen Way road is currently a barrier between Canary Wharf and Poplar, but the new plans bring the two areas closer together and offer the residents of Poplar easy access to the new Crossrail station. This is addressing some of the concerns that Poplar residents have raised, many of whom have lived in the area for many years.

The introduction of the Crossrail service and the state-of-the-art new station at Canary Wharf will ensure the area is a sought-after residential location. Links across London, and to the rest of the UK, will be quick, comfortable and easy. The relaxing dockside open spaces, and the wide choice of restaurants, coffee shops and bars, will offer residents everything they need for modern city living.

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