First new DLR trains due to enter service in March 2024

The first new DLR trains are set to enter service by March 2024 according to Transport for London.

A 2023/24 budget document gives the target date when the first of 54 trains will begin operating and boost capacity across the network.

Introduction will see older stock around 30 years old head for scrap – though more will enter than leave resulting a a net addition of stock enabling greater frequencies across the network.

30 year old DLR train at Stratford last week

Thirty three B92 class stock will leave, with those arriving named B23 and set to offer greater capacity with walk-through carriages and fewer seats. They also include air conditioning and USB sockets.

Those irritating shorter two-car trains will be longer. Other benefits include extending Stratford to Canary Wharf trains south to Lewisham boosting service levels.

Growth in Lewisham

New sidings are being built in Beckton to accommodate new trains.

TfL also reiterate in reports before the Board that they seek an extension to Thamesmead where Peabody hold vast swaths of land. However the Housing Association are doing little favour to their cause by continue to landbank numerous plots within walking distance of Abbey Wood station.

Vacant Peabody plot around 100 metres from Abbey Wood station

Some have long had planning permission without any movement on site.

Those with the purse strings may well argue why should they fund an extension to enable housebuilding, when Peabody aren’t building at many sites in close proximity to a rebuilt station near a new £19 billion railway.

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