CAF to build new Docklands Trains

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.   

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.