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London, UK (Urban Transport News): French company Thales has signed two new contracts to support the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), as a result of forecasted increased passenger demand on the network. The upgradations will improve the DLR’s exceptional operational performance while maintaining the on-time train reliability rate of 99% that it has historically delivered. Both contracts will run until September 2024.
The first contract will be for the supply and integration of onboard control systems for a new fleet of 43 trains Transport for London (TfL) announced earlier this year. This contract is direct with the rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A (CAF).
The second contract with the Transport for London (TfL), will be for up-gradation of DLR’s signalling system to the software sub-systems that will also support the new trains. These upgrades will help to deliver increased capacity and reliability to east London passengers. More trains on the system will mean a higher level of service.
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has been running on Thales’s SelTrac Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) technology since 1994 when it was successfully introduced on the Bank to Island Gardens section. Since that time, Thales has worked closely with TfL as the DLR has expanded to support growth in east London.
Andrew Bell, Vice President (Urban Rail Signalling), Thales in the UK, said:
Thales is very pleased to be continuing its contribution to the growth of DLR and the impact this will have to increased service for east London transit users. Thales has been working with the DLR team for more than 30 years by supporting the life cycle extension of assets and leveraging their existing and new signalling systems.
In addition to working with the DLR, Thales is currently also modernizing the London Underground. The 4LM project involves making signaling upgrades to the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. The lines make up around 40% of the London Underground and the upgrades will increase the passenger capacity by an average of 33%.
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) covers 45 stations, 38 km of track, is entirely step-free and carries approximately 122 million passengers per year.
Source: Thales Press Release
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