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CAF wins 43-train Docklands Light Rail deal

CAF will build 43 five-car trains for the Docklands Light Railway, with the first entering passenger service in 2023.

The deal includes a fleet support agreement to provide technical support services and spares supply. CAF’s Metro vehicle forms the base of the design.

“Replacing the oldest trains on the DLR and introducing a new modern fleet will ensure the railway continues to support the current and future growth in the Docklands area,” said Jon Fox, Transport for London’s Director of Rail and Sponsored Services.

Thirty-three trains will replace DLR’s oldest rolling stock, which is almost 30 years old, while a further ten will be used to increase frequency and capacity across the DLR system.

They will be similar in length to the existing three-car trains but will be fitted with audio and visual real-time information, air-conditioning, mobile device charging points and multi-use areas that can accommodate pushchairs, bicycles and luggage, as well as dedicated wheelchair spaces. The design includes walk-through carriages.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 881, published on June 19, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from June 15.


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