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Docklands Light Railway

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is an automated light rail system covering the Dockland area of East London. The network comprises 38 km (24 miles) of rail that covers five routes and includes 45 stations. The DLR uses the same logo as the London Underground except that it is blue-green in colour instead of red. 

For most part, the DLR network is above ground and stations are either elevated or at street level but there are four stations below the ground. The trains operate without a driver and most stations are unstaffed except stations below the ground due to fire and safety requirements. The route on the DLR passes through several interesting areas of London including Canary Wharf, a major business and financial district and where many of the city’s skyscrapers are located.

Docklands Light Railway train by Sunil060902

Paying the Fare

You can purchase tickets from the machines at the stations before entering the platform. There are no ticket barriers at DLR only stations but there are random inspections on the trains by inspectors. You can also use prepaid cards (Oyster Card, Visitor Oyster Card or Travelcard) which offer better value than tickets as well as convenience. Another option is the contactless credit/debit card such as Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass. Tap your card on the card reader when entering the platform and again when exiting the platform.

Lewisham DLR Station by Stacey Harris

DLR Routes

The DLR comprises of five main routes with trains running from Bank to Lewisham, Bank to Woolwich Arsenal, Stratford to Lewisham, Stratford to Canary Wharf and Tower Gateway to Beckton. Displays on the platform indicate the next destination of the oncoming train and approximate waiting time for the next three trains. The DLR stations at Bank, Tower Gateway, Canning Town, Heron Quays and Stratford connect with the London Underground.

Inside the DLR train by Poudou99

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