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New DLR timetable delivers 11 per cent capacity increase

Trains on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are now running more often during the morning peak, giving passengers an 11 per cent increase in capacity following the completion of this crucial investment.
Earlier this year, the Bank to Lewisham route saw the introduction of three carriage trains, giving an additional 50 per cent capacity.
A new morning peak timetable means that passengers now benefit from more frequent services - with a rise from 13.3 trains per hour to 15 trains per hour - giving the route the ability to carry an extra 1,100 passengers per hour.

Playing a key role

On other principal routes there is also an 11 per cent increases in capacity.
In addition, during the evening peak, there is an 11 per cent increase in capacity on the busy Stratford to Canary Wharf route, with a train frequency of 10 trains per hour giving the ability to carry an extra 490 passengers per hour. 

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor's transport adviser, said: '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.  

'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.'

Network capacity improvement

Director of the DLR, Jonathan Fox, said: 'We are pleased to be able to deliver this service improvement to our passengers.

'This is the second network capacity improvement step following on from our upgrade programme and there will be more to come as our passenger numbers continue to increase.
'Passengers will see increasing benefits delivered by our upgrade and new carriages.

'Again I'd like to thank them for their patience and cooperation during the last three years.'
As part of this £325m upgrade three-carriage trains now operate on the Bank-Lewisham route, and will be rolled out across the network as demand requires.

Construction work is now under way so that all parts of the line are able to operate three-carriage trains by the time of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when  it is expected that 500,000 people a day will use the DLR.

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