Transport for London is putting out the feelers within the industry about a possible new generation of rolling stock for the DLR in order to reduce journey times and improve the passenger experience.

TfL has begun the first stages of consultation with train manufacturers to assess the latest state-of-the-art designs and which would be most likely to meet its requirements.

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According to the Railway Gazette, TfL is believed to prefer “longitudinal metro seating” – as in the Tube and Overground” rather than its bus-like rows. The transport manager also is looking to increase the size of the doors.

The DLR is growing by annual rate of 8% and this is likely to continue as the new-builds come online and increase the population and the new trains would be in addition to the existing fleet of 94, possibly up to 50 new carriages.

New franchise operator Keolis Amey Docklands, which took over from Serco last year, have already introduced a number of timetable and service changes.

These include:

  • Twice as many trains between Woolwich Arsenal and Canning Town during off-peak hours and at weekends.
  • The Beckton to Stratford International service replaced by a Beckton to West Ham service during off-peak hours.
  • Twice as many trains between Bank and Lewisham from 9pm-11.30pm Monday to Friday.
  • Longer three-carriage DLR trains at weekends between Stratford and Canary Wharf.