New DLR trains begin testing on network

The first test of new DLR trains set to enter service next year has begun.

New stock is being put through its paces between Stratford and Canning Town.

The existing red colour scheme is being ditched for a turquoise colour, with new stock set to see USB sockets, air con and walk-through carriages.

Transport for London’s latest board meeting included a report stating the first trains will enter public service by March 2024, with a rolling program on introduction lasting until 2026.

The oldest trains will be withdrawn as new stock is introduced leading to an overall larger fleet. Beckton depot is being expanded to accommodate the increase, which will also see frequency improvements on the Lewisham, Woolwich Arsenal and Beckton branches to Stratford and central London.

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