The New DLR Trains Could Have Toy Steering Wheels Installed

Last Updated 11 January 2024

The New DLR Trains Could Have Toy Steering Wheels Installed
New DLR trains are coming... with added steering wheels. Image: TfL

The new DLR trains which are being rolled out this year could have fake steering wheels installed to allow customers to 'drive' the carriages.

Pretending to drive the DLR trains by bagging yourself a front seat is arguably the single greatest joy of the London transport system — something which TfL obviously recognises, as it will be trialling vinyl stickers designed to look like a train control panel across 10 trains this month.

If they are successful — and let's face it, what's not to love? — it will "consider how it brings to life the 'driving the DLR' experience for children", which could involve cardboard steering wheels in the future. All sounding good so far, though we'd argue that adults will be as keen — if not more so — to have a go than the kiddiewinks.

Already got one of our DLR shirts? Whip out a marker pen and doodle a steering wheel on it.

As reported in The Guardian,  Liberal Democrat assembly member Caroline Pidgeon asked Mayor of London Sadiq Khan if he would support the idea in a recent Mayor's Question Time. Given that this is a Mayoral Election year, any simple crowdpleasing ideas like this are bound to be snapped up.

The new DLR trains, which will be rolled out from 2024, will be driverless (as the current ones are), and will benefit from walk-through carriages, air con and phone charging points.