The bustling streets of London keep attracting international traffic all throughout the year. Even though it only covers a marginal geographical area of the European continent, buses, rails, taxis, coaches, and other privately hired vehicles run in varied directions ensuring well connected transportation in and around London. One such amazing metro service is offered by Docklands Light Railway. Inaugurated in 1987, this automated light metro transport system was aimed at serving the renovated Docklands area in London.
Docklands Light Rail Limited, a part of London Rail division for Transport of London owns this system. According to records, in the year 2011, DLR carried near about 86 million passengers. The system makes use of minimal staffs on train as well as at principal interchange stations. Similar improvement proposals are made for Tube and improvement works have already started. Four number of sub surface trains have been staffed for complying with the underground requirements at stations. Docklands Light Railway travels north to Stratford, west to Bank in the City of London and Tower Gateway, south to Lewisham and east to London City Airport, Woolwich Arsenal and Beckton. DLR is among the world’s successful light rail systems which are famous worldwide for its driverless trains. Currently it serves about 45 stations.
If you are getting around London city, plan your journey well ahead of time. Enter your origin and destination stations, day, date and time of travel along with other travel preferences and book your tickets right away. For traveling anywhere in London, you can buy tickets online. You may also buy paper tickets from overseas agents. You can even access detailed information regarding DLR timetables, DLR journey times, DLR frequencies and overground timetables from our website. Lines are open everyday except for Christmas with trains running in every 3.5 minutes during peak times and in every 5 to 10 minutes on weekends and at off peak hours.
Dockland Light Railway offers quicker, easier and cheaper fares through Oyster cards. You can simply add credit on your card as you roam around the city. This way you do not have to plan your journeys in advance or buy specific tickets beforehand. Oyster works out automatically to find the cheapest fares for your journeys in a single day. Use it wherever you go and no more waiting in queues for tickets.
From 1st July this year, DLR would permit non folding bicycles to be carried on trains for a six month trial period. During that period, you can carry bicycles on weekdays only during off-peak hours and all throughout weekends or bank holidays. DLR also employs ambassadors for assisting local residents in buying tickets, using a wheelchair or scooter on the trains and much more for providing passengers with an accessibility trip. All Docklands Light Railway stations have been equipped with ramps and lifts for buggies or mobility impaired passengers for easier boarding.
Find plenty of ideas and inspirations for your evenings, lunchtimes and weekend entertainment, because DLR is dedicated to reach you there safely, easily and comfortably. DLR is ideal if you are traveling from Tower Gateway with regular frequency to Excel Exhibition Center. For reaching across popular attractions like Thames Barrier, National Maritime Museum, Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park and Planetarium, DLR happens to be the perfect transportation means. Those headed towards Westfield shopping Center or Stratford International; take in a ride on Docklands Light Railways. There are plenty of things to do and see in Docklands, do it rightly with DLR.