Negotiations begin for new DLR fleet

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Transport for London (TfL) has issued an Invitation to Negotiate to the shortlisted bidders for a contract to supply the next generation of Docklands Light Railway (DLR) trains.

Four pre-qualified bidders have made it to the next part of the tender process. They include Alstom, Bombardier, CAF and a Siemens/Stadler consortium.

TfL plans to award the contract next autumn and the first new trains are due to go into passenger service in 2022.

The contract is for 43 new trains, which will allow TfL to remove the ageing B90/92 fleet from service.

Jonathan Fox, TfL’s director of rail and sponsored services, said: “This important step in the procurement process brings us closer to delivering the new trains needed to support the continued passenger growth on the DLR, which currently carries 122 million customers a year.

“These new trains will enable us to increase capacity on the network by up to 30 per cent, significantly improving the comfort, reliability and quality of our service for customers. They will also support the creation of further jobs and homes in the Docklands area.”


  1. I think that Bombardier are willing to manufacture the new DLR trains that will feature better seats, interiors, lights, wifi, longitude seats, walkthrough passageways and clearer destination information screens. But whoever wins the deal to manufacture the new rolling stocks for the DLR will improve the DLR with new trains and better journey in the Docklands.

  2. With Brexit looming they absolutely should by built in the UK. We should do what the French, Germans have consistently done and award these contracts to UK based manufacturers.

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