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17.05.17

TfL starts search for supplier of new DLR trains

TfL has today announced that it has begun its hunt to find a supplier to build the “new generation” of Dockland Light Rail (DLR) trains.

The new carriages will be rolled out from 2022 and will increase capacity on the DLR by over 30%. TfL also said that the new rolling stock will be more reliable, give customers real-time travel information, be air conditioned and feature charging points for mobile devices.

A third of the existing trains, some of which are 25-years-old, will be replaced by the new trains, and TfL will also order 10 new trains to increase capacity.

The new carriages come during a period of significant redevelopment for the Docklands area, where up to 36,500 jobs are being made alongside the construction of 7,000 new homes.

And passenger use is also set to grow as the DLR will link with Elizabeth Line from 2018, as services between central London, Shenfield and Abbey Wood will interchange with the DLR at several stations where new platforms and ticket halls are under construction.

Danny Price, TfL’s director of DLR, said: “These new trains will enable us to increase capacity on the DLR by 30%, significantly improving the comfort, reliability and quality of our service for customers.”

“Ordering them now ensures that we get the best value for money in the long term and can support continuing growth in east London,” he added. “We intend to go out to tender later this year with the new trains entering service from 2022.”

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Comments

Andrew Gwilt   17/05/2017 at 17:54

More likely Bombardier are most likely to be the supplier to build new air-conditioning DLR rolling stocks unless CAF, Alstom, Siemens, Hitachi and Stadler (either one of those bidders) could manufacture the new DLR rolling stocks. Also what about the extension of the Dagenham Dock. Will that ever happen as London Overground is to extend to Barking Riverside and possibly Abbey Wood.

Alistair   19/05/2017 at 16:51

Andrew, what on earth is your point?? You state Bombadier are most likely to be the supplier, and then proceed to add that is unless CAF, Alstom, Siemens, Hitachi or Stadler are!! That sort of in depth analysis really enhances the Comments section - NOT!!

Andrew Gwilt   20/05/2017 at 00:43

Alistair-Do shut up. In fact mind your own business then.

Londoner Commuter   20/05/2017 at 09:45

Well the point is that whoever builds and manufactures the new DLR trains will also maintain them. The DLR isn't that old just yet but only 2/3rds of the rolling stocks that have been built by Bombardier will be replaced by the new rolling stocks. Whilst others will remain unless the entire rolling stocks does get replaced by the new rolling stocks.

Boris   20/05/2017 at 17:15

Wtf is a "Londoner Commuter"?

Andrew Gwilt   21/05/2017 at 12:40

This isn't getting better isn't it.

Boris`   21/05/2017 at 23:37

Andrew? How comes you are replying if you claim that you don't post under other names?

LMFAO   22/05/2017 at 08:50

These comments are too funny you need a sketch show...

Andrew Gwilt   22/05/2017 at 16:25

Boris. Just shut up. I'm sick of you blaming things at me.

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