New generation of DLR trains en route to support London’s growth
TfL has issued an Invitation to Negotiate in its search for a manufacturer to design and build a new generation of trains for the Docklands Light Railway.
Four pre-qualified bidders1 – Alstom Transport UK Ltd, Bombardier Transportation, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. and a consortium, consisting of Siemens PLC, Stadler Bussang AG and Stadler Rail Valencia SAU – can now proceed to the next stage of the formal procurement process for the new trains, which will come into service from 2022.
The order will include 43 new walk-through trains to increase capacity on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) by up to 30 per cent, which is needed to support the increased popularity of the railway and the continuing redevelopment of the Docklands area. The new trains will replace rolling stock, some of which is nearly 25 years old. They will feature on-board real-time information, air-conditioning and mobile device charging points for the first time, providing customers with better and more efficient journeys.
The contract to build the new trains will be awarded in autumn 2018.
“This important step in the procurement process brings us closer to delivering the new trains needed to support the continued passenger growth on the DLR, which currently carries 122 million customers a year,” commented Jonathan Fox, TfL’s Director of Rail and Sponsored Services.
The DLR will provide several interchanges with Elizabeth line services between central London, Shenfield and Abbey Wood from 2018. These interchange stations include Canary Wharf, West India Quay, Stratford and Custom House.
- TfL placed a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in May 2017 seeking expressions of interest to build the trains for the DLR. From this a shortlist of four bidders has now been issued with the ITN.