Docklands Light Railway (DLR) - Articles and news items
Latest issue / 24 April 2013 / Jonathan Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railway
“Hidden in plain sight” is the phrase that could well describe the presence and performance of London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) during the hugely successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Placed right in the middle of the Capital’s Olympic ‘hub’ and linking the main Olympic Park at Stratford with the ExCeL centre (which alone contained five separate arenas), Greenwich Park and the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich Arsenal, Transport for London’s DLR carried 7.2 million (including the opening ceremony night) people during the 17 days of the Olympic Games – 100% more than usual.
We also carried 4.3 million passengers during the Paralympics and served both Games with a 99% reliability rate. Although the success of the first ever ‘Public Transport’ Games was obviously a London-wide effort across many modes, we like to think the DLR performance over those 28 glorious days in 2012 earned us a very prominent placing in Britain’s golden transport team.
With these sorts of figures, I certainly don’t think we can still be described as a ‘light railway’. (more…)
Industry news, News / 17 April 2013 / TfL
Transport for London (TfL) today announced the names of the companies shortlisted to bid for its new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) franchise.
Issue 1 2013, Supplements / 5 March 2013 / Ian Craig, Robert Montgomery, Ietze Van Der Meer
Our latest Security supplement is supported by Moxa, Kamera & System Technik, Axis Communications & telent:
- Keep metal thieves at a red signal
James Kelly, Chief Executive, British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
Metal theft is an issue that has been affecting countries worldwide for a matter of years now, and according to the United Kingdom’s Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), costs the UK economy around £770 million annually. One of the largest infrastructures affected by this unacceptable crime is the transport sector.
- Making metro vehicles a less attractive target for terrorists
Conor O’Neill, Rail Vehicles Group Manager, NewRail, Newcastle University
Over recent years the mechanics by which terrorist attacks are carried out have changed leading to an increased threat of un-forewarned attacks on transport systems. One of the counter-measures which can be implemented to reduce the risk of such attacks is by making transport systems a less attractive target for terrorists.
- Meeting current and future security challenges on the DLR
Bob Gough, Operational Security Manager, Serco Docklands
This article is based on my presentation given at the Rail and Public Transport Safety and Security 2012 conference and gives me an opportunity to expand on my approach to managing security on an open system with largely unmanned stations.
Industry news, News / 7 January 2013 / TfL
Transport for London (TfL) announced today that the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has granted an 18-month extension to its contract with Serco Docklands Ltd to operate the railway on its behalf.
Industry news, News / 12 August 2012 / Transport for London (TfL)
During the Games the Tube, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground carried more people than at any other time in their respective histories.
Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Peter Hendy, CBE, London’s Transport Commissioner
This summer, the world’s spotlight will settle on London with the staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the biggest event the capital has ever seen, tens of thousands of the world’s greatest athletes will arrive in one of its finest cities to put their sporting ability to the ultimate test.
As the capital’s transport authority, we know that the 2012 Games will present Transport for London (TfL) with its own ultimate test. Our challenge is to ensure that those competing, watching and working on the Games can move around the city quickly and safely, and that all the daily journeys that have no connection to the event can be completed with minimum disruption. Around 800,000 spectators and 55,000 athletes will be travelling to and from the Olympic venues on the busiest days, along with Games officials, sponsors and members of the media who all need to get to events on time. On the busiest days, we are expecting an additional three million journeys on the public transport network against a backdrop of 12 million journeys which are made on London’s public transport network every working day.
TfL’s detailed planning and testing means we are confident we will meet our twin objectives of helping to deliver a great Games and sporting spectacle for the capital and the country, and keep London and the UK moving. We do, however, recognise the scale of the task. (more…)
Issue 2 2012, Supplements / 1 May 2012 / Jonathan Fox, Bernard Garner, David Emmerson
This free to view special supplement looks at transport arrangements ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and is sponsored by Telent and European Friction Industries (EFI):
- DLR – meeting the challenge of 2012
(Jonathan Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railway (DLR))
- Olympic plans in place for Newcastle
(Bernard Garner, Director General of Nexus)
- Transport planning for London 2012
(David Emmerson, Head of Rail Contracts, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA))
Industry news, News / 30 January 2012 / DLR
From today (Monday 30 January) longer and more frequent trains are in service on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to help meet increasing demand and set the network on course for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Industry news, News / 10 May 2011 / Transport for London (TfL)
The Docklands Light Railway’s (DLR) three-car upgrade was completed on time and within budget with the launch of three-car trains on the Tower Gateway to Beckton route.
Issue 1 2011 / 25 February 2011 / Jonathon Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railways Limited
If you don’t already know the ins and outs of Transport for London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) you’re about to learn, as the DLR prepares to take up centre stage during the London 2012 Games. With a new extension soon to open serving Stratford and the Olympic Park, the DLR will be at the forefront of public transport in London during the Games. With all eyes and ears on this unique and fully automated light rail system, for Eurotransport, DLR Director Jonathan Fox tells us a little more about what it is that separates the DLR from the pack.
With an annual growth rate of around 8%, the DLR is now carrying more than 75 million people a year and a quarter of a million people every week day. Passenger numbers are forecast to rise above 100 million by 2015 so the DLR has been looking carefully at ways to develop and improve the network. (more…)
Industry news / 22 December 2010 / Transport for London (TfL)
Seven per cent shift to public transport, cycling and walking reduces car journeys by one million every day in London, ensuring Transport for London (TfL) keeps London moving and supports economic growth. (more…)
Issue 2 2010, Past issues / 11 May 2010 / Jonathan Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railway Limited
Transport for London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is in the final stage of construction of its newest extension, northwards from London’s Canning Town station to Stratford International, the new High Speed 1 station, which is situated in what will be the heart of the Olympic Park. For Eurotransport, DLR Director, Jonathan Fox, tells us some of the key information about the new extension.
“The DLR extension to Stratford International, planned to open in late summer 2010, will meet the growing demand of public transport in the local area and provide a vital connection for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” states Jonathan.
Issue 4 2008, Past issues / 18 August 2008 / Jonathan Fox
In line with the substantial construction projects currently taking place around its network, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is now in the process of the most intensive programme of enhancement and improvement works in its 21-year history.
DLR, renowned for its driverless trains, has long set the standard in terms of upgrading and expanding its system in the now-thriving Docklands and south-east areas of London.
Issue 3 2007, Past issues / 13 June 2007 / Jonathan Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railway Limited
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has enjoyed a hugely successful 12 months, recently carrying 60 million passengers for the first time in its 20-year history. The railway, part of Transport for London (TfL), is also undergoing a comprehensive programme of extensions and enhancements to meet demand and link to further areas in and around its network in East and South East London.
DLR’s record-breaking user numbers have resulted in part due to its consistently excellent punctuality levels – over 97% of trains arrive within three minutes of the scheduled time, the best for rail in mainland UK – and highest ever overall customer satisfaction levels, at 96%. Meanwhile DLR continues to directly serve prominent commuter areas such as Canary Wharf and a variety of locations that previously suffered from poor transport links.
Issue 2 2006, Past issues / 23 June 2006 / ET
Water transport on the river Thames in London, UK, is currently enjoying a renaissance. More frequent services, a new real-time passenger information system and a guaranteed seat are just some of the features that are winning the favour of commuters. Christian Shelton reports.
The group responsible for developing, co-ordinating and promoting passenger services on the river Thames is London River Services (LRS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL). LRS is actually a pier owner. It does not own or operate any boats itself. Instead, it licenses the services of boat operators and covers the cost of its day-to-day operations primarily by charging the boat operators for access to its piers.