TfL Image - DLR Depot at Beckton (2)

UK: Transport for London has appointed Morgan Sindall Infrastructure as main delivery partner for the expansion of the Docklands Light Railway’s Beckton depot to accommodate new B23 trainsets being supplied by CAF.

This will include the construction of a new maintenance building and additional stabling for the 54 five-car automated light metro trainsets, which are longer than the DLR’s current fleet and are expected to enter service in 2024-26. The order includes 33 sets to replace some of the DLR’s oldest trains, and 21 to increase capacity.

TfL Image - DLR Depot at Beckton

The maintenance building will include a train-lifting road, cranes, under-train access and pits. It will be used for final assembly of the new trains as well as for long-term maintenance. A test track will also be constructed to enable testing of the Thales signalling system that will be introduced for both the new trains and the existing B2007 fleet that is being retained.

The existing southern sidings will be extended, and additional sidings constructed to the north of the new maintenance building, providing a total of six new sidings accommodating 15 trains.

The main depot works at Beckton are expected to be completed in 2024.