DLR: Route Changes And More Trains

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 39 months ago
DLR: Route Changes And More Trains

TfL snuck out a quiet press release last week, announcing some subtle-but-important changes to their scheduled train services.

The DLR will now run twice as many trains to Woolwich during off-peak times, which is nice — and there will be twice as many trains in the late evening on the Lewisham branch (previously the frequency used to drop down), so demand has obviously forced them to do this — also nice.

What's slightly odd is that previously, trains from Stratford International used to go to Woolwich during the peak hours and Beckton during the off peak (and weekends), but that's now completely changed with a new Beckton to West Ham service (and we can't remember a DLR train that used to regularly terminate at West Ham before) for all off peak operations. Also oddly, the timings mean that going south from West Ham there's a gap of two and then eight minutes between trains, the most irregular pattern on the system that we can find.

All this might make more sense if there was a map showing the new pattern of services, but TfL has made the DLR to be very "turn up and go", rather than wanting to tell you the exact schedules (information signs at stations used to tell you the exact minute past the hour to expect trains, but not any more) and although there are still in-carriage maps on trains, we couldn't find anything on the website that was a map that we wanted. So we did the best thing to do in these instances — we created our own!

Here's the new service map for off-peak and weekend operation on the DLR. During peak hours there are obviously more trains to more places, but this is the new regular pattern.

Click here for a bigger version.

Last Updated 02 February 2015

Geoff Marshall

of course, we couldn't find a map on the official site tfl.gov.uk/modes/dlr/ - but how about this ...

an old remnant that still exists on the internet is the http://www.dlrlondon.co.uk/ website - but surely this will get taken down at some point, and all the information on it moved into the new shiny TfL pages. it's a great early 2000's design! enjoy it while you can ...


Any ideas why they have done this??


When Tfl decided to close the old North London Line to Woolwich they promised DLR trains every five minutes south of Stratford instead. And now look! Stratford interchange passengers seem to be paying for the failure of Stratford International. Is there a good reason why DLR can't turn round trains at Stratford rather than West Ham it they don't want them trundling round empty to Stratford International?


I've been trying to work out, following their email crowing about Improvements on the DLR, what the improvements on the Beckton line would be. So far, I've not seen any...


Circle line theory....

Daphne Clarke

I'm totally Fed-Up with this new schedule and the passengers on the Beckton line are the losers (big time) ! What a joy it was to be able to get from Beckton Park to Stratford in 19 minutes... Now I don't see the point of going to West Ham .and then waiting for a Stratford train when I just may as well skip off at Canning Town and take the Jubilee line there.Will be looking out for other sneaky stunts that there going to pull ...


when does it start

LW E20

I live at the Olympic Park and rarely see an EMPTY DLR train heading to Stratford International. I often decide to walk though if the gaps in between trains dictate.


I have to say I'm hardly impressed, improvements to the DLR they say...not for the Becktonites. I can only think that this has something to do the CrossRail stopping at Woolwich Arsenal and more trains were needed to get to Stratford. The DLR was always busy from Beckton to Stratford, always. To get off at West Ham and wait seems ridiculous, Jubilee line it is from Canning Town then. Nice to know TFL keep their customers updated with their future plans!!!

Giles Cudmore

More Wooly Arse trains is good, but them only going to West Ham seems odd, why not terminate at Canning Town if they are going to mess about like that? or not run a Wooly Arse to West Ham at all?!