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DLR launches fleet replacement programme

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Docklands Light Railway Ltd (DLRL) has invited expressions of interest to supply and support up to 77 new light metro trainsets to replace the oldest rolling stock on the driverless East London network and cope with increased ridership. Last year the system carried 116.9m passengers.

The initial requirement is for 43 trainsets, of which 33 would replace two-thirds of the existing fleet and ten would be to increase capacity. The first three sets are required for acceptance testing by June 2021, entering service from June 2022. The remaining 40 would be delivered from July 2022, with the last entering service no later than June 2024.

The 750V dc third-rail trainsets are required to be between 86.4m and 88m long and have wide gangways, air-conditioning, real-time passenger information and USB charging points. DLRL is seeking to let two contracts as one lot: the first would cover design, supply and commissioning, while the second would cover technical support and spares for up to the required design life of 35 years. Options are planned for up to 34 additional sets to be ordered within 72 months of the initial contract award.

The Transport for London subsidiary envisages that between three and five companies will be invited to tender later this year with contract awards in summer 2018. The estimated value is between GBP500m (EUR580m) and GBP850m (EUR990m).

It is understood that DLRL intends to run a separate procurement seeking private finance and may also require the disposal ‘in a sustainable manner’ of up to 94 existing vehicles.