"Docklands Light Railway" Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Tip by toonsarah
Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London: 21 reviews and 36 photos
Update August 2014: additional photos added
For me, as a long-time Londoner, the Docklands Light Railway (usually shortened to DLR) still feels like a recent addition to our transport options, although its first (short) stretch opened 23 years ago! It now provides a good network of connections around much of east London – not only Docklands as you would expect, but also down to Lewisham in the south east, up to Bow in the City, and connecting in the west at Bank to the main London Underground network (in addition to the Docklands connections to the Jubilee line at Canary Wharf and Canada Water). By 2012 there will also be an extension north to Stratford, linking London City Airport directly to the Olympic Park.
It claims to have “one of the world's most advanced automatic train control systems”, meaning that the trains have no drivers. As the website below explains:
” While trains may appear to stop and start of their own accord, the DLR is operated through a computerised system that is closely managed and monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the DLR control centre. Control centre staff have access to a visual overview of the entire DLR network displaying exactly where each train is along the railway at any given time.”
Despite the initially unnerving absence of any obvious human control over the trains, I have always found the DLR a pleasant way to travel, and a trip out to Docklands to ride it and see the striking modern architecture is a great way to while away a few hours. If you have an Oyster card (see my tip on the London Underground), you can use it on the DLR too. The DLR network covers zones 1, 2, 3 and 4, and fares are the same as elsewhere in London (currently, in February 2011, that’s £1.90 for a single zone if you have an Oyster (a whopping £4.00 without!) and £3.10 for a four zone journey – all adult prices).
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