Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 14°C

Five-day forecast

DLR passenger numbers boosted 100% by Olympics

Docklands Light Railway has been running for 25 years. Docklands Light Railway has been running for 25 years.

Friday, April 5, 2013
4:49 PM

Olympic tourists boosted passenger numbers by up to 100 per cent on the Docklands Light Railway making 2012 a record-breaking year for the automatic trains.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

During the 16 days of the London 2012 Olympic Games, 7.2 million passengers travelled on the DLR with August 3 - Day Seven of the Games - its busiest day on record, carrying over 500,000 people.

The year 2012 has broken all previous records on the 25-year-old railway which was opened by the Queen in August 1987.

A milestone was reached in the early afternoon of Sunday March 31 when the year’s 100,000,000th passenger journey this year was recorded.

Robert Niven, DLR’s head of planning, said: “This significant milestone caps a magnificent year for the DLR which saw us carry 7.2m people during the 2012 Olympic Games - double what we would normally carry during that time.

“And in just 25 years, the DLR has grown from running 11 trains on just two routes to becoming a key part of the world’s most prestigious sporting event while also servicing a rapidly growing local community.”

Since opening, the DLR has been extended to Bank, Beckton, Lewisham, and Woolwich Arsenal and it currently has 45 stations.

Share this article

Most Read News

Javauntee Campbell

Teenagers found guilty of Queen’s Market trader murder

Two teenagers who stabbed a Queen Street market trader in broad daylight after he tried to retrieve a stolen watch have been convicted in connection with his murder.

Read full story »

0 comments

   Local advertisers

More travel news

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Newham Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Newham businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Newham Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »