Jonathan Fox - 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 / 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.
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.
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.