TfL to Expand DLR Beckton Depot

Transport for London (TfL) has appointed Morgan Sindall Infrastructure as the main delivery partner to enlarge the DLR’s Beckton Depot.

This project will construct a new maintenance building and additional sidings at the depot as part of TfL’s DLR train programme, which will add 54 new, five-car DLR trains to its fleet from 2024.

Thirty-three of these new trains will replace old rolling stock, while 21 additional units will boost capacity across the DLR network.

New DLR train exterior
A new DLR train at Beckton Depot
Tom Page, TfL's General Manager of the DLR, said:

“The improvements at Beckton Depot are an integral part of the new DLR train programme. Improved facilities will ensure the trains are well maintained to make sure our customers get the most reliable service possible.”

The new maintenance building will include a new train-lifting road and crane, as well as under train access and pits to enable the final assembly of the new B23 trains. Longer-term maintenance facilities will also be constructed to ensure the expanded fleet can be reliably serviced.

In addition, a test track will be built to trial the new Thales signalling system with the future B23 trains, as well as the existing B2007 fleet.

To store the additional trains, new stabling facilities will be constructed. This will involve extending the existing southern sidings north of the new maintenance building to accommodate 15 extra trains.

Simon Smith, Managing Director for Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, said:

“Our work at Beckton Depot will be a key enabler in unlocking additional capacity for TfL's DLR, improving connections to east and southeast London.

“We're pleased to partner with TfL once again as we work together to connect people, places and communities through innovative and responsible infrastructure.”

The main works at Beckton Depot are expected to be completed in 2024 with all new DLR trains due to enter service by 2026.

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