Last week marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of the DLR. Originally intended as a low cost option to support the Docklands redevelopment programme, the DLR had a somewhat troubled gestation. Now, however, it forms a vital part of London’s transport infrastructure.
To help celebrate its birthday, we’ve pulled together some images from its past. If any readers have memories of the DLR’s construction or early years, please feel free to share them in the comments.
This also seems a good opportunity to highlight the existence of our new Flickr photo pool – The London Reconnections Photo Pool. If you have photos of London’s transport infrastructure, old or new, then we’d love to see them.
Indeed, if anyone has any DLR photos they feel would be of interest and would compliment those below, please feel free to add them to the pool and let us know that you’re happy for us to share them, we’ll look to add a selection to this article.
Building the Line
To minimise cost the DLR used a lot of existing infrastructure where possible. The photos below show the remains of Leman Street Station on the old London Tilbury & Southend at the end of the seventies, the construction of the DLR on the site and the same location today.
New building work was, obviously, also required. The photos below focus on Canary Wharf. Intended to open as part of the original stretch of line, it soon became clear that plans for a two platform station on the site were insufficient and its opening was thus delayed whilst the station was redesigned and expanded.
The Early Years
The early years saw rapid change and expansion on the DLR, along with some troublesome early problems. In design terms, it was very much a product of its time, as the images below highlight.
Recent years have seen the DLR become a critical part of the London transport network. The images below are some of our favourites from its recent history.
Many thanks to all the Flickr contributors who kindly agreed to let us use their excellent photos in this article