The DLR – part of Britain’s golden transport team

24 April 2013  •  Author(s): 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’.

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