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New DLR trains unveiled, serving London City Airport and the rest of the network from 2024

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Transport for London has released images of the new Docklands Light Railway trains which will serve London City Airport, and indeed most of the rest of the DLR network, from 2024.

54 new trains have been ordered from a Spanish manufacturer, and the first has just arrived in the UK.

New DLR Docklands Light Railways trains for London

33 of the new trains will be direct replacements for existing ones, whilst the additional 21 will be used to increase frequencies.

Whilst the trains are now arriving in the UK, a substantial testing period means that you will not be able to ride one until early next year. The full roll-out will be complete in 2026.

New DLR Docklands Light Railways trains for London

Some of the red 2007 trains will be retained to run alongside the new fleet. The majority of the trains heading for scrap are approaching 30 years old.

The trains will be walk-through, which means that there will no longer be any forward facing seating except at the very front and back (see image above). The ‘walk through’ design will lead to seating capacity increasing by 10%.

New DLR Docklands Light Railways trains for London

Mobile charging facilities will be available.

Vastly improved real-time travel display information will be available.

New DLR Docklands Light Railways trains for London

There will be three ‘multi use’ areas to increase space for people with mobility impairments – and which can also be used for bikes, luggage and pushchairs – on top of the existing three wheelchair spaces.

There will also be a new seat fabric. The train exteriors will be teal coloured.

PS. Heathrow passengers don’t need to feel left out. New Piccadilly Line underground trains are on the way, although the launch date has been pushed back from 2024 to 2025.

Comments (89)

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  • Jill Kinkell says:

    I have to put earplugs in when on certain tube lines. The screeches and grinding are so bad it hurts my ears!

    • Carlos says:

      Central line stations are so bad

    • Rhys says:

      Get some noise cancelling headphones – then you can listen to a podcast or similar at the same time. Makes a huge difference!

  • Coman says:

    Very lovely and nicely I like it super cool and modern design as well but the people should to enjoy keeping tidy and clean without messing inside. Maybe coming up eay early end of the 2023. Many tks and I waiting with big pleasure

  • Alan says:

    For anyone looking for an in depth review then Geoff Marshall (unsurprisingly!) has you covered…

  • Allan Jones says:

    Why were they built in Spain, are there no British companies to build such things?

    • Rob says:

      To be fair the UK has nothing else like the DLR – no real reason we’d be building such stock.

      Half of the new Picc line trains are being built here, which is why they are a year late. Other half coming from Vienna IIRC.

      Hitachi etc generally assemble mainline trains here because they need a future maintenance site anyway, but ‘assemble’ is the key phrase.

  • Margaretet says:

    Surely we can get back to building our own trains instead of relying on Spain! We really do need to be more productive and stop buying from abroad.

    • Rob says:

      We stopped for a reason. Before privatisation there was a long term plan to keep orders flowing at a regular pace. This is no longer the case. Orders are ad hoc and you can’t run factories like that.

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