Spanish train manufacturer CAF has been awarded the contract to design, manufacture and supply a fleet of 43 trains for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) by Transport for London (TfL). The contract will include a Fleet Support Agreement to provide technical support services and spares supply.
The five-car trains will be based on CAF’s hugely successful Metro vehicle design, with the first entering passenger service from 2023.
Thirty-three trains will replace DLR’s oldest rolling stock which is nearly thirty years old and the additional ten will increase frequency and capacity across the network.
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The new trains will be a similar length to the current 3-car trains currently operating on the DLR but providing a number of customer improvements, including 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.
Full story in the July issue.