TfL issues DLR strike travel advice on busiest stations and what will run

TfL issues DLR strike travel advice on busiest stations and what will run

Transport for London (TfL) has said it will try to run a limited service during a four-day DLR strike this week in order to help support the London Marathon, which is being held during the walkout.

The strike is due to start at 4am on Friday 20 April and end at 4am on Tuesday 24 April. The marathon will be on Sunday 22 April.

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The walkout has been called by the RMT over a dispute with KeolisAmey Docklands, which operates the DLR on behalf of TfL.

Read more: Talks are being held in a bid to stave off a big DLR strike later this week

Talks are continuing at conciliation service Acas, but TfL has issued travel advice if the strike does go ahead and customers have been advised to check before they travel, allowing extra time to make their journeys.

TfL has warned 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”.

Extra bus services will be deployed along the DLR network over the four days, while all other TfL services will be operating as normal – though there will be road closures around the London Marathon route from Sunday morning.

Limited DLR service in the works
  • Plans are being developed with the aim of operating a limited service over the four days, which coincide with the London Marathon on Sunday 22 April.
  • Limited services will be prioritised to enable participants in the London Marathon to travel to ExCeL to register ahead of the event, and for runners and their supporters to reach the race line in Greenwich and on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday.
  • Customers are advised to check the TfL website at for the latest information and to plan ahead, looking at alternative options for their journeys.

Mark Davis, TfL’s interim general manager of the DLR, 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. We urge RMT and KeolisAmey Docklands to continue with discussions to settle their dispute.

If this strike goes ahead, we will work hard to provide as much of a service as possible over the four days with a particular aim of helping runners and supporters get to the starting line on Sunday. Bus, Tube and rail services will operate as normal and we will have extra buses running along the DLR route.

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