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Docklands Light Railway
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Info
Owner Docklands Light Railway Ltd, part of Transport for London
Locale Greater London
Transit type Rapid transit/Light metro
Number of lines 7
Number of stations 45
Daily ridership 340,000 (daily average, DfT 2017)
Operation
Began operation 31 August 1987
Operator(s) KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd. Keolis (70%)/Amey (30%)
Number of vehicles 149 DLR rolling stock
Train length 2 or 3 carriages per trainset
Technical
System length 38 km (24 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification 750 V DC third rail
Average speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Top speed 100 km/h (62 mph)

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is a light metro or light rail system in London, England. It opened on 31 August 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of East London. It currently covers several areas of London. To the north, it reaches Stratford. To the south, Lewisham. To the west, Tower Gateway and Bank in the City of London financial district. To the east, Beckton, London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal. The DLR is fully computer operated. It is automated and the only job is the emergency stop button.

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