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Four companies shortlisted to build new state-of-the-art DLR trains

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 November 2017

The new DLR trains will replace old stock when they are introduced in five years' time Picture: Ken Mears

The new DLR trains will replace old stock when they are introduced in five years' time Picture: Ken Mears

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Mobile charging points, on-board information and air conditioning are set to greet commuters when the new Docklands Light Railway trains come into operation.

But don’t get too eager: the walk-through trains won’t be hitting the network until 2022.

It is hoped the 43 trains will increase capacity on the DLR by up to 30 per cent, replacing older stock that is nearly 25 years old.

Transport for London has shortlisted four bidders to build the trains and last week issued an invitation to negotiate - a formal step in the process of awarding a contract. The successful company will be announced in autumn next year.

Jonathan Fox, director of rail and sponsored service, said: “This important step in the procurement process brings us closer to delivering the new trains needed to support the continued growth on the DLR, which currently carries 122 million customers a year.”

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