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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.

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  • Pb says:

    Manufactured in Spain , at least if Bombardier had built them here it would have provided some work albeit the profit would have gone to Alstom .

    • Erico1875 says:

      Yes it’s all part of leveling up. Make Spain richer than us. They make a lot of the wind turbines too

    • ChrisBCN says:

      I think the train manufacturing sites in Derby, Newport, Goole are all too busy making other trains, some for foreign operators IIRC

      • PeteM says:

        Cairo monorail. First new UK rolling stock exported for a very long time…

      • BlueThroughCrimp says:

        The Derby ones with the Bangalore software still not commissioned and sitting in various sidings? (Although there is more than just the software delaying entry).
        The Gautrain Electrostars are the last reasonable export I can think of.

      • RussellH says:

        The Newport factory is owned by CAF, who are the only Spanish Rolling Stock manufacturer that I know of.
        Bombardier got into serious financial difficulties following late deliveries of various contracts, which led to the sale of the C Seies project to Airbus to become the A220.
        Alstom bought what was left of Bombardier in 2020-21. There is absolutely no guarantee as to where Bombardier would have built the trains, had they won the contract.

  • Jonathon says:

    I know it’s the official DLR colour but man that colour is bad, and looks old/out of date before they even get rolled out.

  • BlueThroughCrimp says:

    Made by CAF, the manufacturer of the (noisy) Caledonian Sleeper stock.
    Well known as Cheap As F…

  • NFH says:

    I understand the new DLR trains are fitted with obsolete USB-A sockets, while all modern smartphones are now supplied with USB-C cables. And the sockets support only 5V slow charging, not 9V USB-PD fast charging. Slow charging is ideal on a 10-hour flight but not on a 10-minute DLR journey.

    • The Jetset Boyz says:

      They’re fitted with the regulatory-approved USB-A sockets, they can be upgraded to USB-C sockets later once they’ve been approved as they’ve been designed with that in mind.

      Here’s the FOI response rgarding this:

      “The current design provides for 5V USB A. The choice of rail approved USB chargers is limited and our supplier is unaware of any in production at this time that meet the fast charge standard. This element has however been designed so that at a later time should new devices become available, the USB facia can be removed and replaced with a different specification USB port of the same size.”

      • NFH says:

        Yes, I made that FOI request, prompted by Apple having just switched from USB-A to USB-C in October 2020. But I’m not convinced that replacing the facias with USB-C will provide USB-PD because of the different voltage required. I don’t believe that TfL made sufficient effort to commission the production of bespoke USB-C / USB-PD sockets for these trains, instead seeking a non-existent off-the-shelf solution.

    • John says:

      I recall that leading Brexiters such as Mr Mogg were opposed to the EU’s meddlesome attempt to standardise mobile charging around USB-C. Perhaps, in the future, phones for the British market will come with a beautiful external dongle allowing backwards European and global USB-C devices to be used with our British USB-A sockets.

      • Jak says:

        Or perhaps in the future phones for the UK market will be wireless or share newer standards, where as the EU market will be constrained by outdated technology.

    • Rui N. says:

      It’s ridiculous to say that USB-A is obsolete.

      • NFH says:

        It’s not ridiculous at all. USB-A is obsolete in the context of mobile phone charging. Can you name any smartphone that is currently supplied with a USB-A charging cable?

        • Londonsteve says:

          If USB-A isn’t still relevant why do I charge my iPhone with such a cable and my fairly new laptop only has USB-A ports on the side? USB sockets in my Nissan Leaf, a car considered fairly modern by dint of being fully electric are USB-A. I’ve never come across only a USB-C port when looking to plug in my standard USB cables.

        • DaveJ says:

          Maybe that’s because they want you to spend more money on another cable?

          Pretty obvious stuff really.

        • lumma says:

          The new OnePlus 11 comes with a type A to c cable

  • The Jetset Boyz says:

    “there will no longer be any forward facing seating except at the very front and back”.

    The seats at the ends of the train have been removed and replaced with a flat narrow bench, and looks like they might not be wide enough for two adults to comfortably sit side by side. The operating consoles are taller, so when the Passenger Service Agents operate the train from them they’ll be standing, not sitting.

  • Trevor says:

    Thank goodness the Piccadilly Line trains will at last be replaced. They are just awful. Last weekend I noticed that the (very overcrowded) train I was in was manufactured in 1973 -so fifty years old!

    • lumma says:

      Apart from being new and you’ll have the ability to walk between carriages, they’ll not be any bigger.

    • PeteM says:

      You probably don’t want to know when the Bakerloo line trains were made! 🤣

      • PH says:

        Bakerloo line also 1973 IIRC, but no refurb in the 00s like the Piccadilly line !

    • Londonsteve says:

      Indeed, not a moment too soon. It’s a pity that the tubes serving London’s main airport are the oldest charabancs on the whole network, it must create a poor first impression for a lot of visitors. The fundamental design of the 73 stock is excellent and they’ve provided sterling service (and continue to do so, considering they’re 50 years old!) but the levels of comfort they (fail to) offer make them well past their use by date.

      • Amy C says:

        Bakerloo stock aren’t being replaced until 2036!

      • Rob says:

        They are deep tubes though. The new stock won’t be more spacious.

        Wi-fi is the big issue with the tube, except for the Jubilee Line extension. Shocking how most other global metros have a phone signal. I know it is rolling out very slowly now but it should have been done years ago.

        • ChrisBCN says:

          Rob, the new stock IS more spacious, by about 10%. It’s fact – somebody posted a link to IanVisits below which explains how. Primarily the wasted space between carriages is now useable.

          • Rob says:

            I meant (for the Picc stock) wider / higher, which it won’t be.

          • ChrisBCN says:

            But it WILL be wider and higher on the inside. Thinner walls and roofs with less gubbins stuck inside them bulking them out. Plus seat/door placements and size, carriage ends – that’s how you get 10% more capacity.

            I think you are talking about the external dimensions which obviously can’t change much.

        • David says:

          That’s the only drawback of the Liz Line. I’m very surprised they didn’t include it. I’ve happily had a phone signal for years on, among others, the HK MTR.

          • Londonsteve says:

            I remember being surprised to discover my phone ringing on the Budapest metro in 2001! The caller in the UK was staggered to discover I was on a tube. I will confess to feeling a little sad that the peace and quiet along with the enforced downtime will vanish off LU but it’s untenable in this day and age that there’s still no signal down there.

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Are there any plans for replacing the stock of Central line? Fell sorry for those on the eastern stretch. Passengers must be provided with ear muffs.

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