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First 2012 DLR train runs

The first new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) carriage built for the 2012 Olympic Games has been delivered to Stratford station

Co-funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and Transport for London (TfL) contributed, each paid £20M for 22 new carriages in preparation for increased DLR services during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Prior to the Games, the carriages will be used to form three-car train upgrades that DLR will introduce from early 2010.

The carriages will also be used to aid capacity on DLR’s most recent extension, to Woolwich Arsenal, and future Stratford International extension, opening summer 2010.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This cracking new carriage is just a small part of a crucial investment in the DLR so that it will be able to cope with the many thousands of extra passengers the line will carry during London 2012. But the really great thing about these carriages is that Londoners can already benefit from them three years before the Games even begin.”

ODA Director of Transport, Hugh Sumner, said: “The Games will bring a wealth of benefits to Londoners before, during and after 2012, with DLR passengers one of the first to feel the benefit via this next generation of trains. The Games will leave a remarkable legacy with the first signs of delivery already taking shape, almost three years before the competition commences.”

DLR Director, Jonathan Fox, said: “The arrival is great news for DLR. We have worked incredibly hard during the past 18 months to expand and upgrade our system in order to allow us to run this next generation of trains.

“The new carriages will prove fundamental to meeting our ever-increasing passenger demand now and in the future, and I look forward to shortly seeing them in operation.”

DLR has ordered 55 new rail carriages at almost £2M each. 33 had been delivered, all funded by TfL, with most now in service. The part-funded ODA carriages form the remaining 22 and will begin to enter service from next month to autumn 2010.

The 55 carriages will see the DLR fleet grow from 94 to 149.

The ODA has invested £80M in DLR to allow upgrades and improvements to be made prior to 2012. DLR will serve four competition venues: the Olympic Park, ExCeL London, Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks and Greenwich Park.

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