Excel benefits from increased DLR capacity
14-Jul-10by Annie Byrne
Transport for London (TfL) claims trains on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), a major thoroughfare for visitors to London’s Excel, are running more often during the morning rush thanks to a three-year £325m upgrade.The upgrade has allegedly given the line an 11 per cent increase in capacity, and the new morning peak timetable means passengers now benefit from more frequent services. TfL claims a rise from 13.3 trains per hour to 15 trains per hour, giving the line capacity for an extra 1,100 passengers per hour.Evening peak travellers will also benefit from the expansion, with an 11 per cent increase in capacity on the Stratford to Canary Wharf route branch. Ten trains per hour now provides room for an extra 490 passengers per hour, according to TfL. The Mayor's transport adviser, Kulveer Ranger, says increasing the capacity of the DLR is vital ahead of the 2012 Games when it will play a key role in getting people to the venues, such as Excel. “Delivering these improvements now is a good example of the Mayor's commitment to delivering the legacy of the Games early for people who live and work along the route of the DLR," he comments. “By spring 2011 the three car upgrade to the DLR services will serve Excel London and see a 50 per cent increase in capacity,” Excel MD David Pegler tells EN, adding that there will be a six kilometre extension to the DLR in 2010.“Direct DLR services will operate from Stratford International via West Ham to Canning Town then on to Excel,” he adds.