Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF has received a contract from Transport for London (TfL) to deliver trains for Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
The scope of the contract includes the design, manufacture and supply of 43 automated trains.
The first 33 vehicles will replace the older fleet, which has been operating for around 30 years. The remaining ten units will be deployed to boost the capacity of the network.
With more than 400,000 journeys made each weekday, the DLR is an automated light metro system serving the Docklands area of East London. Currently, it is regarded as the busiest light railway network in the UK.
Currently, DLR has 38km of track and comprises 45 stations with step-free access.
TfL director of rail and sponsored services Jon Fox said: “Replacing the oldest trains on the DLR and introducing a new modern fleet will ensure the railway continues to support the current and future growth in the Docklands area.
“With walk-through carriages, real-time travel information, air conditioning and mobile device charging points, the new trains will provide customers with a more comfortable and reliable service, replacing rolling stock that are nearly 30 years old and coming to the end of their operational life.”
The trains are expected to enter commercial service from 2023. They will feature air conditioning, the latest audio and visual real-time travel information and mobile device charging points.
They will be designed to ensure comfortable journeys for passengers with limited mobility, featuring three dedicated wheelchair spaces and three multi-use areas. These areas can be used to store pushchairs, bicycles or luggage.