Transport for London has issued an Invitation to Negotiate in its search for a manufacturer to design and build the next trains for the UK capital’s Docklands Light Railway. Four bidders have prequalified for the next stage of the process – Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, and a consortium of Siemens, Stadler Bussang and Stadler Rail Valencia. It is expected that the contract will be awarded during 2018.
It is planned that the 43 new ‘walk-through’ trains, each 87m long, will come into service from 2022. Of those, 33 trains will replace existing stock, helping to boost capacity on the system by 30%.