More than £1 million is being invested by Transport for London (TfL) to overhaul the arches which provide the main access to the station, making extensive improvements to their layout and appearance over the next nine months.
Nick O'Donnell, DLR Development Project Manager, said: "I'm delighted to announce the start of this much-needed refurbishment programme at Shadwell DLR station.
"The £1 million investment will significantly improve the access to the station, making it cleaner, smarter and more pleasant for passengers.
"We hope these improvements will encourage local people to use the DLR, as well as acting as a catalyst for more investment in the local area.
"Funding options for further highway improvements are already being considered by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets."
The first phase of the refurbishment programme commenced last week.
Focusing on visual improvements, the work will involve deep-cleaning of the station and arches and the removal of equipment that is no longer in use.
Phase two will start in the autumn and deliver more functional changes to the station access.
Parts of the arches will be re-modelled to simplify station entrances and exits, station signage will be enhanced and improvements will be made to the paving and lighting around the station.
The refurbishment work will be carried out by contractors Morgan Est and is part of DLR's ongoing programme to enhance the environment at DLR stations.