New DLR fleet in build

ARRAN RUSLING, Transport for London’s Programme Delivery Manager for the DLR Rolling Stock Replacement Programme, updates PHILIP SHERRATT on progress with the new CAF fleet

New train mock-up: this 15-metre vehicle was delivered by CAF to TfL last year and was based at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA).
Courtesy TfL

Construction is getting underway on a new fleet of trains for the Docklands Light Railway Transport for London has ordered 43 trains from Spanish manufacturer CAF, replacing all but the newest trains currently operating on the DLR.

Each five-car train will be around 86 metres in length, equivalent to three of the current fleet coupled together. The older B90, B92 and B2K fleets will be replaced (totalling 94 shorter trains), with a further 10 new trains ordered to meet projected demand growth, including ensuring all services are operated at maximum length (some currently run as two-car formations). The more modern B07 units will be retained to work alongside the new CAF fleet.

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