Docklands Light Railway

automated light metro system in the Docklands area of London, England

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a light metro or light rail system in London, England. It opened on 31 August 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of East London. It currently covers several areas of London. To the north, it reaches Stratford. To the south, Lewisham. To the west, Tower Gateway and Bank in the City of London financial district. To the east, Beckton, London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal. The DLR is fully computer operated. It is automated and the only job is the emergency stop button.

Docklands Light Railway

OwnerDocklands Light Railway Ltd, part of Transport for London
LocaleGreater London
Transit typeRapid transit/Light metro
Number of lines7
Number of stations45
Daily ridership340,000 (daily average, DfT 2017)
Began operation31 August 1987
Operator(s)KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd. Keolis (70%)/Amey (30%)
Number of vehicles149 DLR rolling stock
Train length2 or 3 carriages per trainset
System length38 km (24 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC third rail
Average speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Top speed100 km/h (62 mph)


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