First new DLR train vandalised before a single passenger travels on it

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  • March 1, 2023
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A brand-new DLR train has been graffitied at its depot before it has even served any passengers. 

It is the first of 54 shiny new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) trains at its depot in Beckton, east London.

The 88-metre Spanish-built train only arrived in January, and has since been in storage for testing. 

However, the carriages are no longer at their best due to graffiti which has been spray-painted on by mystery culprits. 

Train number 201 now features various pieces of vandalism on the exterior, mainly orange, red and blue patterns. 

It’ll come as a blow to mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL commissioner Andy Lord, who proudly unveiled the new-look DLR carriages early last month

There are still 53 more trains that need to come over from Spain before the project is complete. 

The trains will be introduced to the network in 2024 before a complete roll out takes place by 2026.

The previous design has been given a major revamp on the outside with the red, black and blue colour scheme being replaced by white and turquoise.

Inside the new carriages, the colour scheme also reflects the bright shade of blue. 

The will be improved facilities for those with mobility issues with three multi-use areas, in addition to three dedicated wheelchair spaces. 

These multi-use areas can also be used to accommodate pushchairs, bicycles and luggage. 

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Mr Lord said last month: ‘These new state-of-the-art DLR trains will transform journeys for our customers and help support future growth in east London, which benefits the UK’s economy as a whole.

‘The trains will now go through testing ahead of introduction in 2024 to ensure they provide the reliability both we and our customers expect.

‘I look forward to seeing these across the network and helping contribute to the DLR’s continuing success.’

Another key difference riders not seen in the pictures is a change to on-board announcements

Gone will be the recognisable female voiceover and in its place will be automatic text-to-speech software. has contacted TfL for comment. 

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