21 JANUARY 2019
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A contract to supply a fleet of new trains for London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR), an important link to London City Airport, is expected to be signed “in a few months”, Transport for London (TfL) said last week.
The new models are planned to come into service from 2022, hopefully coinciding with the completion of the airport’s £500m expansion programme.
TfL has now issued an “Invitation to Negotiate” to four pre-qualified bidders – Alstom Transport UK, Bombardier Transportation, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles and a consortium of Siemens Plc, Stadler Bussang and Stadler Rail Valencia.
This means the four can now proceed to the next stage of the formal procurement process for the trains, which are part of TfL’s multi-billion pound programme of public transport improvements to support London’s growth and new homes and jobs.
The order will include 43 new walk-through trains to increase capacity on the DLR by up to 30%, which TfL says is needed to support the increased popularity of the railway and the continuing redevelopment of the Docklands area.
Features will include on-board real-time information, air-conditioning and mobile device charging points for the first time, to give passengers “better and more efficient journeys”.
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