Transport for London has awarded a contract to replace dozens of 30 year old Docklands Light Railway (DLR) trains, although passengers will need to wait until 2023 before the first enter service.
Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A (CAF) will build and supply 42 new trains which TfL say “will help to support new jobs and homes across east and south east London” by allowing it to provide “more frequent direct services”.
The new trains will offer audio and visual real-time travel information, air conditioning and mobile device charging points, as well as “better facilities for those with mobility impairments,” including three multi-use areas in addition to three dedicated wheelchair spaces.
Jon Fox, TfL’s Director of Rail and Sponsored Services, said: “Replacing the oldest trains on the DLR and introducing a new modern fleet will ensure the railway continues to support the current and future growth in the Docklands area.
“With walk-through carriages, real time travel information, air conditioning and mobile device charging points, the new trains will provide customers with a more comfortable and reliable service, replacing rolling stock that are nearly 30 years old and coming to the end of their operational life.