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TfL’s First Brand New £8million DLR Train Trashed And Covered In Graffiti At London Depot

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on MyLondon.

This is the sub-heading.

Not a single passenger has even been able to ride the new train yet, but it has already been entirely tagged with graffiti

This is so sickening.

Transport for London, must have known the train was a target after what happened to Merseyrail’s first Class 777 train whilst it was parked up in Tonbridge on the way to Liverpool, according to this article in the Liverpool Echo.

It should be noted that Liverpool’s trains, don’t suffer from these morons in the city and even their forty-year-old Class 508 trains are untouched.


Where were the Police?

March 4, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. A: The police are where they always are – in their warm, comfortable cars and their warm, but slightly less comfortable offices. When did you last see a police officer on their own two feet (except, perhaps, at Notting Hill Carnival)? It says something for the essentially law-abiding nature of the British population that the country continues to function despite there being effectively no policice presence at all.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | March 4, 2023 | Reply

    • I’ve read somewhere or been told by someone in Liverpool, the clean trains are because they are locked up at night behind secure fences.

      Surely, that is good sense. With a bit of analysis of the incidents, it should be possible to identify the weak points and improve the fences.

      On the other hand, the Mayor might like to see graffiti brightening up the City.

      Comment by AnonW | March 4, 2023 | Reply

      • I’m certain that it’s a legal requirement for all rail depots to be fenced. The difference between DLR’s Beckton and Merseyrail’s depot is that the pickup for live rail is taken from the underside and access is protected unlike the ‘big railway’ where the live rail is unprotected. Even I might risk strolling around Beckton.
        Having held a TfL depot access pass I know how intransigent the jobs worth’s can be regarding site access if even one scintilla of your details are at odds with what is expected. I once arrived in my own car instead of a TfL pool car with its identifying mark (I had an identifying marker for my ‘home’ depot) and was refused entry. Of course if they were on strike there would be no gatekeeper.
        When did I last see a policeman, thinking back about it I’ve probably seen more British Transport Police than the rest of them combined.

        Comment by fammorris | March 5, 2023

  2. I’m sure there were bragging rights to be the first to tag the new trains (sigh)

    Comment by MilesT | March 6, 2023 | Reply

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