Mark Davis | General Manager
D.L.R. | United Kingdom

Mark Davis, General Manager, D.L.R.

Since December 2017, Mark Davis has worked as General Manager of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London’s driverless railway which helped kick-start regeneration across east and south east London.
Having joined Transport for London (TfL) in 2007, Mark led the successful £700 million refranchising of the DLR in 2014, cultivating a collaborative business relationship with the appointed franchisee, KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD). Under this contract, TfL set the specifications for train frequency and performance while KAD operates the stations and maintains much of the network. As General Manager, Mark is responsible for managing this relationship, as well as all commercial and upgrade projects across the DLR, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. The DLR’s performance and reliability is regularly amongst the best in the UK, and carries over 122 million passengers per year.
Prior to working at TfL, Mark gained experience of franchise management in his role at the Department for Transport and the Strategic Rail Authority. In the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mark also worked on the extension of the DLR to Stratford International station, which served the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and carried up to 500,000 passengers on its busiest days.


World Metro Rail Congress Day 1 @ 15:45

Panel Debate: Funding the next revolution in urban rail

  • Contrasting three unique funding techniques
  • Gathering political and public consensus to increase awareness and momentum
  • The power of consortiums in achieving infrastructure upgrades

World Metro Rail Congress Day 2 @ 12:00

Global Project Roundtables

At each round table, the project leader will talk for 5 minutes, following the format as below
  • Project introduction, highlighting particular challenges specific to that project
  • Project progress, emphasising supplier and partner relations
  • Project summary – what would we do differently if we tackled this project again?
The table will then move on to discussion for 25 minutes.
There will then be one rotation, giving participants the opportunity to have joined two round tables in total

Lessons learnt: Growing the DLR Network for future capacity and technology challenges

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