Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
Type light metro and light rail/rapid transit
Locale Greater London
Opened 31 August 1987
Owner DLR Ltd; part of Transport for London (TfL)
Operator(s) Serco Docklands Ltd
Rolling stock DLR rolling stock
Line length 34 km (21 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) Standard gauge
Electrification third rail, 750 V DC
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
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The Docklands Light Railway is an automated light metro or light rail system opened on 31 August 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of East London, England. It covers several areas of London, reaching north to Stratford, south to Lewisham, west to Tower Gateway and Bank in the City of London financial district, and east to Beckton, London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal.
The DLR is operated under a concession awarded by Transport for London to Serco Docklands Ltd, a joint organisation of the former DLR management team and Serco Group. The system is owned by DLR Limited, part of the London Rail division of Transport for London (TfL) which also manages London Overground and London Tramlink (but not London Underground, which is a separate division of TfL).
In 2006 the DLR carried over 60 million passengers. It has been extended several times, with work and proposals continuously ongoing. Although it has some similarities to other public transport systems in London such as the London Underground, DLR trains are not compatible with either the Underground network, Crossrail or the wider railway network in Britain.
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