KeolisAmey Docklands, a joint venture between Keolis and Amey, was awarded the franchise to operate and maintain the DLR until 2021. The DLR began operating in 1987, with 11 trains serving 15 stations and in its first year of operation it carried 6.7 m people. Today the railway – which is entirely step-free – has 45 stations, 40 km of track and 149 carriages and during the 2016-17 year, it carried a record-breaking 122.3 m passengers.