The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) offers high-frequency links between two of the world’s most important financial districts – The City and Docklands – and regeneration areas in east and south east London.
The network stretches east from Bank and Tower Gateway to reach stations at Stratford, Beckton, Greenwich, Lewisham, London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal.
The DLR opened in 1987 and operates as a driverless, computerised system. The railway’s performance and dependability is among the best in mainland UK – for example, around 99% of trains depart on schedule.
The DLR service
- Every station has step-free access to platforms and trains
- The network has multiple connections with the Tube, buses, National Rail, Overground, river and coach services
- The number of people using the DLR has increased rapidly, rising from 10 million in the early 1990s to nearly 117 million in 2015/16
- Since it opened the DLR route has been extended six times while DLR trains themselves have grown from two to three cars