TfL issues travel advice ahead of four day strike by Docklands Light Railway workers set to hit London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 17 April 2018

TfL has issued travel advice ahead of a strike on the Docklands Light Railway over the London Marathon weekend. Picture: KEN MEARS

TfL has issued travel advice ahead of a strike on the Docklands Light Railway over the London Marathon weekend. Picture: KEN MEARS


Transport for London has issued travel advice ahead of the London Marathon with four days of strikes set to hit the Docklands Light Railway.

DLR at Soth Quay in Canary Wharf... RMT union's four-day strike  includes London Marathon Sunday. Picture source: DLRDLR at Soth Quay in Canary Wharf... RMT union's four-day strike includes London Marathon Sunday. Picture source: DLR

Members of the RMT union are due to walk out from 4am this Friday (April 20) until 3.59am next Tuesday (April 24) in a dispute with DLR operator KeolisAmey Docklands over outsourcing, abuse of procedure and workplace justice.

TfL’s interim DLR boss Mark Davis said: “Millions of pounds are raised for charity at the London Marathon and we don’t want to see the thousands of people who have signed up to run, or their supporters, disrupted.

“If this strike goes ahead, we will work hard to provide as much of a service as possible with the particular aim of helping runners and supporters get to the starting line on Sunday.”

TfL said bus, tube and rail services will run as normal and extra buses will run along the DLR route.

People are advised to check before they travel and allow extra time for their journeys.

Plans are being put together to operate a limited service over the four days to allow runners to travel to the ExCeL in Royal Victoria Dock to register ahead of the event, and for runners and supporters to reach the race line in Greenwich and on the Isle of Dogs.

However, TfL recommends customers check its website for the latest information and plan ahead, looking at alternative journey options.

Extra bus services will run along the DLR network over the four days.

All other TfL services will be operating as usual, but there will be road closures around the London Marathon route from early Sunday morning.

The Jubilee, Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines in east London are expected to be busier than usual and stations including Canary Wharf, Canada Water, London Bridge, Canning Town, Bank and Stratford may be “exceptionally” busy, a TfL spokesman said.

Further information on what services may operate will be communicated before the strike and posters, digital boards and announcements in London Underground and London Overground stations are planned to keep customers informed of service levels.

Customers should check before they travel on the TfL website, through the TfL Travelbot on Facebook messenger or on Twitter using @LondonDLR, @TravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts.

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