Docklands Light Railway travellers to benefit from 43 new trains
Millions of London commuters will benefit from walk-through trains with air-conditioning and USB charging points, Transport for London (TfL) has announced.
Forty-three new trains will increase capacity on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) by more than 30% when they are introduced in 2022.
Two-thirds of the existing fleet of trains - some of which are 25 years old - will be replaced. A n additional 10 trains will be added to the network.
Manufacturers are being invited to bid for the contract to build the trains.
TfL's director of DLR Danny Price said: "These new trains will enable us to increase capacity on the DLR by 30%, significantly improving the comfort, reliability and quality of our service for customers.
"Ordering them now ensures that we get the best value for money in the long-term and can support continuing growth in east London. We intend to go out to tender later this year with the new trains entering service from 2022."
The DLR, which serves the east and south east of the capital - linking the financial districts of Docklands and the City of London - carried 122 million passengers in 2016/17.