Docklands Light Railway Information
Docklands Light Railway or DLR is a rapid transit / light metro system that serves Docklands area of London. The system began operations on 31st August 1987 and presently has 7 lines that serve 45 stations. The system has a total track length of 34 km (21 miles). The system is owned by Docklands Light Rail Ltd, part of Transport of London and is operated by Serco Docklands. As per 2012 statistics, the system had an average daily ridership of 300,000 passengers. The system is an automated system and requires minimal staffing.
Docklands Light Railway Map
Map of Docklands Light Railway System showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Docklands Light Railway PDF Map.
Dockland Light Railway Hours
The DLR service starts operations at 5:30 am and runs until 12:30 am from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, the service starts a little late at 7:00 am and runs until 11:30 pm. The frequency of trains is 3.5 minutes during peak times and it is around 5-10 minutes during off peak times and on weekends.
Dockland Light Railway Fare, Tickets and Cards
Riders can pay using Oyster cards or Oyster photocard and Travelcards. Fares can also be paid in cash or through paper tickets that can be purchased for single journeys, group travel or day travelcards.
There are nine zones and the fare system is zone based. The most commonly used is the Oyster card that can also be used to travel on bus, tram, DLR, and most national rail services. It is a plastic smartcard that stores credit. 7 days, monthly and longer duration travel cards are available that can be added on to the Oyster card. With Oyster card, riders also get peak and off peak rates. For Students, there is an 18+ student oyster card that provides a discount of 30% on 7 day, monthly and longer duration Travelcards. Children aged 5-10 can travel free. For children aged 11-15 and 16+, child fare rate apply.
The system has a 60+London Oyster photo card, which allows permanent residents, over the age of 60 to travel free in the public transport system, until they are eligible for the Freedom Pass. The Freedom Pass allows free travel on public transport in London including most National Rail services, if certain age criterion is met. It is also given to people who have an eligible disability.
In addition to Oyster card, Single and Return paper tickets are also available. These can be bought from ticket offices or vending machines. Riders can also buy a Day Travelcard which is also a paper ticket and allows unlimited travel in a day. This can be purchased for different zones. Depending on the time of day the riders want to travel, Anytime Day Travelcards and Off-peak Day Travelcards can be purchased. Group Day Tickets can also be purchased for a group of 10 people or more.
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Dockland Light Railway Parking
The Dockland light railway offer park and ride facilities to passengers along the route. Local park and ride spaces are available at different stops.
Dockland Light Railway Rules and Tips
Smoking and drinking is prohibited at the stations and inside trains. Travelling without valid tickets attracts a penalty of £80. The stations and tubes are patrolled by ticket inspectors with Oyster card readers. Parking facility is also provided at various stations.
Docklands Light Railway Lines
Currently the light railway system offer services to 7 routes serving 45 stations. The seven following route that offer normal services are :
- The light railway system offer service from Bank to Lewisham
- The second route the light railway line that offer service is from Bank to Woolwich Arsenal
- The third route light railway lines offer service is from Stratford to Canary Wharf
- The fourth route the light railway system that offer service during peak mornings from Monday to Friday is from Stratford to Lewisham
- The fifth route the railway line offer service during weekdays and weekends at off-peak timings is from Stratford International to Beckton.
- The sixth route that offers service on weekday’s peak hour only is from Stratford International to Woolwich.
- The seventh route, the light railway system that offers service is from Tower Gateway towards Beckton.
Sometimes additional shuttle services are also provided from Canning Town to Prince Regent when exhibition are progressed at Excel Exhibition Centre.
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