London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is to receive GBP291m (EUR331m) from the UK’s Housing Infrastructure Fund following November’s Autumn 2018 Budget.
The DLR Accelerated Growth Programme will see improvements around two of London’s ‘Opportunity Areas’, earmarked by the Mayor of London as having the capacity for significant development. The money will help fund 14 additional trains, improvements to both Beckton and Poplar depots and a new station at Thames Wharf, part of the Thameside West development.
The Poplar plans include a new housing development over the depot and bridge links over the six-lane Aspen Way to Canary Wharf, while Beckton will benefit from upgrades and additional stabling capacity.
When the London City Airport Extension was built in 2005, it included passive provision for an additional station at Thames Wharf and the new station will sit between Canning Town and West Silvertown.
Transport for London has already shortlisted bidders for 43 new trains with a walk-through layout to increase capacity by up to 30%. These are due by 2022 and it is expected this order will now increase to 57 trains.
Works are expected to start in January for completion in 2023.