The 43 high-floor trains for Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will be based on CAF’s metro vehicle design, with the first entering passenger service from 2023. The 350 m€ contract includes technical support and fleet replacement services. 33 trains will replace DLR’s oldest rolling stock which is nearly thirty years old and 10 will serve to increase frequency and capacity. The new trains will be a similar length to the current 3-car trains operating on the DLR but allowing walk-through between cars and thus an increased passenger capacity as well as a number of other customer improvements.
This includes the latest audio and visual real-time travel information, air conditioning, mobile device charging points, multi-use areas – which can accommodate pushchairs, bicycles and luggage – and dedicated wheelchair spaces. The modernisation of the DLR is a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy to make London a greener, more accessible place to live, work and visit as well as supporting new jobs and homes. The investment in improving public transport will help reduce reliance on the car and contribute to the Mayor’s target of 80 per cent of journeys made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041.14.06.2019