Docklands Light Railway - Docklands Light Railway Current System - C

Docklands Light Railway - C
Docklands Light Railway Current System
Docklands Light Railway Network
The DLR has 38 kilometres (24 mi) of tracks, with 45 stations. There are six branches: to Lewisham in the south, Stratford and Stratford International in the north, Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal in the east, and Central London in the west, splitting to Bank and Tower Gateway.
The northern, southern and south-eastern branches terminate at the National Rail stations at Stratford, Stratford International, Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal. Other interchanges with National Rail are at Limehouse, Greenwich and West Ham, while out-of-station interchanges for Oyster card holders are available between Shadwell DLR station and London Overground's station of the same name, and between Fenchurch Street and the DLR's western termini of Tower Gateway and Bank.
Between Limehouse and Tower Gateway, the DLR runs parallel to the London, Tilbury and Southend line.
Docklands Light Railway Services
The following services are operated in normal off-peak service from 26 September 2022:
Docklands Light Railway Off-Peak Service
  • Bank – Lewisham   12 tph
Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, West India Quay (Bank-bound only), Canary Wharf, Heron Quays, South Quay, Crossharbour, Mudchute, Island Gardens, Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich, Greenwich, Deptford Bridge, Elverson Road
  • Bank – Woolwich Arsenal   6 tph
Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, Poplar, Blackwall, East India, Canning Town, West Silvertown, Pontoon Dock, London City Airport, King George V
  • Tower Gateway – Beckton   6 tph
Shadwell, Limehouse, Westferry, Poplar, Blackwall, East India, Canning Town, Royal Victoria, Custom House for ExCeL, Prince Regent, Royal Albert, Beckton Park, Cyprus, Gallions Reach
  • Canning Town – Beckton   6 tph
Royal Victoria, Custom House, Prince Regent, Royal Albert, Beckton Park, Cyprus, Gallions Reach
  • Stratford – Canary Wharf   12 tph
Pudding Mill Lane, Bow Church, Devons Road, Langdon Park, All Saints, Poplar, West India Quay
  • Stratford International – Woolwich Arsenal   6 tph
Stratford, Stratford High Street, Abbey Road, West Ham, Star Lane, Canning Town, West Silvertown, Pontoon Dock, London City Airport, King George V
At peak times, these same services run, but with the frequency increased by 25 per cent. Additionally, in the morning peak, alternate Stratford – Canary Wharf services extend to Lewisham.
At terminal stations, trains reverse direction in the platforms, except at Bank where there is a reversing headshunt in the tunnel beyond the station. During service disruption or planned engineering work, trains can also turn back at Crossharbour and Mudchute. There is also capability for an additional shuttle from Canning Town to Prince Regent when exhibitions are in progress at the ExCeL exhibition centre, although this is not supported by any additional turnback infrastructure.
Trains serve every station on the route, but trains from Bank to Lewisham do not call at West India Quay because they are routed along the diveunder track to avoid junction conflicts. When required, such as during engineering works or for special events, other routes may be operated, such as Beckton to Lewisham if the Bank and Tower Gateway branch is closed.
Docklands Light Railway Future Services
The new rolling stock to be introduced from 2024 onwards will support service improvements.
Docklands Light Railway Stations
Most stations are elevated, with others at street level, in cutting or underground. Access to the platforms is mostly by staircase and lift, with escalators at some stations. From the outset the system has been fully accessible to wheelchairs, much attention was paid to quick and effective accessibility for all passengers. The stations have high platforms matching the floor height of the cars, allowing level access for passengers with wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Most stations are of a modular design dating back to the initial system, extended and improved with two side platforms, each with separate access from the street, and platform canopies, although few examples remain of the original, distinctive rounded roof design. Stations are unstaffed, except the underground stations at Bank, Stratford International and Woolwich Arsenal for safety reasons, a few of the busier interchange stations , Canning Town, West Ham, and City Airport, which has a ticket office for passengers unfamiliar with the system. Canning Town, Custom House and Prince Regent are normally staffed on the platform whenever there is a significant exhibition at the ExCeL exhibition centre.
On 3 July 2007, DLR officially launched an art programme called DLR Art, similar to that on the London Underground, Art on the Underground. Alan Williams was appointed to produce the first temporary commission, called "Sidetrack", which portrays the ordinary and extraordinary sights, often unfamiliar to passengers, on the system and was displayed throughout the network.
Docklands Light Railway Fares and Ticketing
The system is part of the London fare zone system, and Travelcards that cover the appropriate zones are valid. There are one-day and season DLR-only "Rover" tickets, plus a one-day DLR "Rail and River Rover" ticket for the DLR and City Cruises river boats. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at the entrances to platforms, and are required before accessing the platform. Passengers using Oyster pay-as-you-go and contactless bank-cards need to touch both in and out of the system using card readers on automatic gates and platforms.
There are no ticket barriers at DLR-only stations:
correct ticketing is enforced by random on-train inspections by PSAs. There are barriers at Bank, Canning Town, Woolwich Arsenal, West Ham and Stratford, where the DLR platforms are within a London Underground or National Rail barrier line. Users of payment cards who have failed to touch in at the start of the journey, and other passengers without a correct ticket, may be liable to a £80 penalty fare or prosecution for fare evasion.
Docklands Light Railway Overview
Docklands Light Railway Owner: Docklands Light Railway Ltd, part of Transport for London
Docklands Light Railway Area Served: London
Docklands Light Railway Locale: Greater London
Docklands Light Railway Transit Type: Light metro
Docklands Light Railway Number of Lines: 7
Docklands Light Railway Number of Stations: 45
Docklands Light Railway Daily Ridership: 340,000 (daily average, DfT 2017)
Docklands Light Railway Annual Ridership: 92.3 million (2022/23)
Docklands Light Railway Increase: 19.6%
Docklands Light Railway Headquarters: Endeavour Square, E20
Docklands Light Railway Operation:
Began operation 31 August 1987, 36 years ago
Docklands Light Railway Operator(s): KeolisAmey Docklands Limited (Keolis 70%, Amey 30%)
Docklands Light Railway Number of Vehicles: 149
Docklands Light Railway Train Length: 2 or 3 vehicles per trainset
Headway 3–5 minutes
Docklands Light Railway System Length: 38 km (24 mi)
Docklands Light Railway No. of Tracks: 2
Docklands Light Railway Track Gauge: 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Docklands Light Railway Minimum Radius of Curvature: 125 ft (38 m)
Docklands Light Railway Electrification: 750 V DC third rail (bottom contact)
Top Speed:
50 mph (80 km/h) (Maximum Speed Capable)
40 mph (64 km/h) (Regular Operational Speed)
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