Good news is coming for DLR commuters as TfL reveal exactly what improvement will be made when new trains arrive in coming years.
A Freedom of Information request to Conservative Cllr Andrew Wood (Canary Wharf) reveals these impressive improvements to services:
A train every two minutes on the Lewisham branch with a 65% increase in capacity.
A train every two minutes on the Woolwich branch with a 97% increase in capacity.
This will be achieved through:
- Stratford International – Woolwich Arsenal two-car services will be replaced by walk-through three-car trains improving peak services from 8 minutes (7½ trains per hour) to 4 minutes (15 trains per hour)
- Replace Bank – Woolwich Arsenal 3-car services with new full-length trains
- Replace Bank – Lewisham 3-car services with new full-length trains
- Introduce new peak Stratford International – Beckton service with 3-car trains
- Replace all Stratford – Canary Wharf 2-car services with new full-length trains and extend all these services (i.e. every 4 minutes) to Lewisham
Relief will not be immediate however. Trains are expected to start running in late 2022 and introduced up to 2024. The oldest stock – dating back to the early 1990s -will be scrapped.
Increased capacity is welcome given large-scale development. Stations such as Pontoon Dock beside the 3,400-home Royal Wharf development have seen monthly usage numbers rise from around 80,000 a month in 2017 to over 200,000 a month in 2019 with more homes to complete.
Incidentally, Andrew Wood who sourced this information is a model example of how a local cllr should behave. He’s on the ball, engages online via different forms of social media including a Facebook group he created with 15,500 members and seeks information for residents through Freedom of Information requests. Many other Cllrs from all political parties could learn from that.