The DLR is getting steering wheels so you can finally ‘drive’ the train

Ten trains will trial the ‘driving the train’ scheme this month

Liv Kelly
Written by
Liv Kelly
Contributing Writer
DLR train waiting on platform
TFL Image

London is full of great places to sit, but for train enthusiasts it doesn’t get much better than the front of a Docklands Light Railway train. Thanks to its lack of on-board driver, passengers on the DLR can sit right up at the front – and even pretend they’re in control. 

And soon it’ll be even more fun to pretend you’re driving a DLR train. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has just announced the trial of a scheme that’ll see DLR trains kitted out with stuff to make it even easier to play driver. The scheme will see vinyl ‘driving the train’ stickers and maybe even cardboard steering wheels added to trains.

According to the Mayor, ten trains will be trialling the stickers throughout January. He told the Standard that TfL is ‘exploring a number of other customer and community engagement activities to support the introduction of new DLR trains’.

And to be fair, playing captain does sound quite fun. Even the Mayor himself said he can’t wait to ‘bagsie’ a front seat. 

Keen to find out more about the new DLR trains? Check out our ‘first look’ here. Those new trains will be replacing about two thirds of the current fleet and will increase the total of trains from 42 to 54, meaning that the east London rail service will soon have higher capacity and be more comfortable. 

Things to do with kids in London

We’ve got a great list of free things to do in London with kids here, and also a list of all art galleries and museums which don’t have an entry fee

Did you see that this beloved London toy museum is reopening as a pop-up?

Plus: Cheap tickets alert! You can get massively discounted tickets for London Zoo this week

Stay in the loop: sign up to our free Time Out London newsletter for the best of the city, straight to your inbox.

Popular on Time Out

    You may also like
    You may also like