Docklands Light Railway
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a fully automated light railway system and always has been. It is a computer operated system, thus allowing the train to be driverless.
It was opened in 1987 to serve the redeveloped London Docklands area, with much of the initial two routes, from Tower Gateway and Stratford to Island Gardens, either making use of disused railway viaducts or being constructed on newly constructed reinforced concrete viaducts.
These elevated sections gives it’s passengers pleasant views of the newly redeveloped docklands area and it’s newly erected buildings, of modern design, but nonetheless quite pleasing to the eye.
The DLR stretches from Stratford in the North to Lewisham in the South and from Bank and Tower Gateway in the West, to as far as Beckton and Woolwich Arsenal in the East, whilst also serving London City Airport.
Not entirely unmanned, it’s staffing levels are minimal, with a Passenger Service Agent (PSA), previously known as the train captain, on board each of the trains.
It is their responsibility to make announcements, check tickets, control the train doors and generally, just to patrol the train.
Accessibility Information for the DLR.
There is either a lift or ramp access to the platforms of All Stations, with a step up or down between the platforms and trains, of approximately 5cm and a gap between the platform edge and train, of approximately 7.5cm.
There is a communication system installed in all lifts, should you experience any problems, allowing you to speak directly to a member of the staff.
The operating hours of the (DLR)
Monday to Saturday 5.30am through until 12.30am and on Sunday from 7am through to 11.30pm. Both holders of Oyster and Travelcards are eligible to use the Docklands Light Railway.