Docklands Light Railway

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The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is an automated light metro system opened in 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of London. It reaches north to Stratford, south to Lewisham, west to Tower Gateway and Bank in the City of London financial district, and east to Beckton, London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal.

The system uses minimal staffing on trains and at major interchange stations; the four below-ground stations are staffed to comply with underground station fire and safety requirements. Similar proposals have been made for the Tube.

The DLR is operated under a franchise awarded by Transport for London to KeolisAmey Docklands, a joint venture between transport operator Keolis and infrastructure specialists Amey plc. It was previously run for over 17 years by Serco Docklands, part of the Serco Group. The system is owned by Docklands Light Railway Ltd, part of the London Rail division of Transport for London. In Fiscal Year 2014, the DLR carried 110.2 million passengers. It has been extended several times and further extensions are under consideration.[1]

Rail services

  • Bank - Lewisham
  • Bank - Woolwich Arsenal
  • Tower Gateway - Beckton
  • Canning Town - Beckton
  • Stratford - Canary Wharf
  • Stratford International - Woolwich Arsenal

Rolling Stock

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Active

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Class Motors Notes
01-16 (2nd) 2001-02 Bombardier B2K 750V DC
22-44 1991 Bombardier B90 750V DC
45-91 1993-95 Bombardier B92 750V DC
92-99 2001-02 Bombardier B2K 750V DC
101-124 2007-09 Bombardier B07
125-155 2009-10 Bombardier B07

Retired

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
(54 units) 2023-26 CAF B23
  • 5-car fixed trainsets with open gangways.
  • Ordered to replace B90, B92, and B2K stock; expected to enter service beginning in Summer 2024.
(14 units) B23
  • Additional units ordered by Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to accommodate future ridership growth.

Retired

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
01-11 (1st) 1986 Linke-Hofmann-Busch P86 750V DC Sold in 1995 for use on the Essen Stadtbahn.
12-21 1989-90 BREL-York P89 750V DC Sold in 1995 for use on the Essen Stadtbahn.

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