Docklands Light Railway

“The Docklands Light Railway” 2012 oil on canvas, 97 x 82 cms. The painting is based on drawings made on the platfrom at East India DLR.

The Docklands Light Railway is an automated light metro or light rail system opened in 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of London. It covers several areas of London, reaching north to Stratford, south to Lewisham, west to Tower Gateway and Bank in the City of Londonfinancial district, and east to Beckton, London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal.

This was the first automated regular train service in London. The system is not entirely unmanned, however, being staffed by TfL workers who are paid lower wages than train operators. Strikes by TfL drivers leave operation of the DLR uninterrupted. This has led to proposals to fully automate the rest of the tube, which also would increase service capacity.

The DLR is operated under a concession awarded by Transport for London to Serco Docklands Ltd, part of the Serco Group. The system is owned by DLR Limited, part of the London Rail division of Transport for London (TfL). In 2006 the DLR carried over 60 million passengers. It has been extended several times and further extensions are being planned. Although it is similar to other public transport systems in London such as the London Underground, DLR trains are not compatible with the Underground network, Crossrail or the wider railway network in Britain.

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