Transport for London collaborates with CAF to expand DLR network


Author: Mankirat Kaur

As part of €90 million contract, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A (CAF) is supplying an additional 11 new trains to Dockland Light Rail (DLR) to supplement the initial order of 43 trains.

Customers will be able to enjoy the new trains from as early as 2024, with the full fleet of 54 trains being in service by 2026. The additional trains will see the network capacity rise by more than 60%.

The current three-car rolling stock carry approximately 680 passengers, but with the new five-car units the trains will be able to hold around 790 passengers. The new trains will include a walk-through design, latest audio and visual real time travel information, air conditioning and mobile device charge points to meet customer requirements and feed them with up to date information.

Additionally, the trains will provide improved facilities that are accessible for those with mobility impairments with three multi-use areas in addition to three dedicated wheelchair spaces. These multi-use areas can also be used to accommodate pushchairs, bicycles and luggage.

Tom Page, TfL’s General Manager for the DLR, went on to explain that the trains have been implemented with long, narrow strip lights added to increase the safety of the passengers. The lights will turn green just as it is pulling into a platform to make it apparent to passengers when and which side they can get out and will light red before the doors close.