Advice for London Marathon runners ahead of DLR strike
Transport for London (TfL) is advising customers using the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) that further planned strike action by the RMT union will affect services over a four-day period from 04:00 on Friday 20 April until 03:59 on Tuesday 24 April.
Plans are being developed with the aim of operating a limited service over the four days, which coincide with the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo (18-21 April) at ExCeL London and the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22 April.
Where possible, depending on staff numbers, 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 Start Area in Greenwich and the race route on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday.
We advise runners to register for the race at ExCeL before strike action takes effect where possible. The Expo is open from 11:00-20:00 on Wednesday 18 April and 10:00-20:00 on Thursday 19 April.
Runners and spectators are advised to check the TfL website at tfl.gov.uk/DLR-strike for the latest information and to plan ahead using the TfL journey planner and to look at alternative options for their journeys.
Extra bus services will be deployed along the DLR network over the four days of the strike and TfL Travel Ambassadors will be on hand to provide travel information and advice to customers. All other TfL services will be operating as usual, however 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. Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow extra time for their journeys.
Further information on what services may operate will be communicated ahead of the strike and posters, digital boards and announcements in London Underground and London Overground stations will keep customers informed of the levels of service.
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. Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow extra time to make their journeys, while our Travel Ambassadors will be on hand to provide information and advice to help keep London moving.”