Latest Rail News

20.11.17

TfL opens bidding for 43 new DLR trains

Transport for London (TfL) has taken a step forward in its search for a manufacturer to provide 43 new trains for Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

Plans will see the capacity on the line increase by as much as 30%, with new walk-through trains replacing stock that could be as much as 25 years old.

The four qualified bidders are Alstom Transport UK Ltd, Bombardier Transportation, CAF, and a consortium consisting of Siemens PLC, Stadler Bussang AG and Stadler Rail Valencia SAU – all of which can now proceed to the next stage of the formal procurement process.

The new stock – set to come into service in 2022 – will feature on-board real-time information, air-conditioning, and mobile device charging points for the first time.

Jonathan Fox, TfL’s director of rail and sponsored services, commented: “This important step in the procurement process brings us closer to delivering the new trains needed to support the continued passenger growth on the DLR, which currently carries 122 million customers a year.

“These new trains will enable us to increase capacity on the network by up to 30%, significantly improving the comfort, reliability and quality of our service for customers. They will also support the creation of further jobs and homes in the Docklands area.”

The contract for new stock will be awarded in 2018 and plans are included as part of mayor Sadiq Khan’s draft Transport Strategy.

The DLR also plans to provide several interchanges with Elizabeth Line services between central London, Shenfield and Abbey Wood from 2018. These interchange stations include Canary Wharf, West India Quay, Stratford and Custom House.

Top image: TfL

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   20/11/2017 at 17:06

Bombardier Transportation I think. Because they built the DLR rolling stocks since the DLR first opened in 1987. The older DLR vehicles (B90 and B92) stocks are likely to face the scrapyard. Or could be transferred to another country to use them as light rail vehicles. Whilst the B07 and B2K stocks will be kept until they are also to be replaced by new rolling stocks.

Andrew JG   21/11/2017 at 03:09

Depends if who gets the approval to manufacture new rolling stocks for the Docklands Light Railway to replace the Bombardier B90 & B92 stocks. Whilst the B07 stocks will still remain for a long time until they are due to be replaced by new DLR stocks. I think it could be Bombardier. But I think it’s CAF, Alstom and Siemens+Stadler that are the bidders that may build new DLR trains if one of those bidders does agree to manufacture the new stocks on the DLR.

Andrew JG   21/11/2017 at 03:28

Also why not Hitachi and Talgo? Could they also manufacture new light rail vehicles in the future.

PP   21/11/2017 at 09:32

@Andrew JG Hitachi and Talgo don't make light rail vehicles and so didn't bid for the work. You can only buy things from people willing to make them!

Laurence   21/11/2017 at 12:38

Just hope they specify to be BUILT in the UK

Blair Robinson   21/11/2017 at 13:46

Yet more money poured into the transport budget in the south. Meanwhile in the north all we get are politicians with plausible words which mean nothing. Can we expect the replaced trains to be refurbished as a possible replacement for our abominable pacers!

Andrew Gwilt   21/11/2017 at 14:00

@PP. True.

David   21/11/2017 at 19:51

Blair. Are you still not aware of the Class 195 and 331 fleets that are about to begin commissioning?

David Walker   21/11/2017 at 22:29

"..Could be as much as 25 years old"!!! Interesting how DLR (London) can get 43 new trains seemingly at the drop of a hat, yet the Tyne and Wear Metro (North) cannot get the treasury to budge on renewing its 40 year old stock, and may end up with an expensive deal through the discredited PFI scheme - that's if they get anything! Some things don't change in this country.

Walace58   22/11/2017 at 11:00

Is this treasury money or of TFL?

Rich   22/11/2017 at 11:10

Why not give the contract to.. Robert Stephenson’s, Metro Cammell, Hunslet, Greenbat, Beyer Peacock, Aveling Porter, British Armstrong Whitworth, Black Hawthorn, British Thomson -Houston Andrew Barclay & Sons, Ruston Hornsby Vulcan foundry etc etc etc, Oh dear I must have got carried away with myself now where was I Oh yes I was dreaming now I wonder whatever happened to them all ???

James Palma   22/11/2017 at 20:40

Sigh. Look. People north of Watford. Commuting on the Underground by itself is nearly 5million journeys a day. Times between those trains on most lines is one train every two minutes. Add to that main line commuting into 14 main line termini, as well as satellite stations within the central area, 8, 10, or 12 coach trains fully packedtrains arriving every 5 minutes at those stations. Add to that the Docklands Light Railway with trains every 2 to 3 minutes into Bank, three cars, fully loaded. Add to that bus services and other road services. In addition the fares here are considerably higher than elsewhere in the country with heavily under invested infrastructure. Can any person complaining about commuting up north (for which read north midlands as Manchester is neither THE north or representative of THE north of England) please explain to us: how many trains per hour, serve how many termini, and how many commuter passenger journeys there are, please? And what financial contribution the north, collectively, gives to the country compared to London. Then, and only then, may you complain about how hard done by you are.

Turbostar   23/11/2017 at 10:47

Good news David Walker, the government announced they will fund £337Million to replacing the Tyne & wear Metro stock in the budget.

Passerby   27/11/2017 at 12:55

Maybe the old units can be cascaded to the Marks Tey - Sudbury line

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22/01/2019Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Midlands Connect media lead James Bovill ... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >