Are You Prepared For The DLR Strike?
If you live or work in and around London, then you probably already know by now that members of the RMT union intend to walk out in the early hours of April 20th, striking until April 24th – so you may find it a bit harder to get to work (perhaps impossible!) if you need to get the DLR in order to get there.
The workers are striking because of a dispute with operator KeolisAmey Docklands over abuse of procedure, outsourcing and workplace justice – and the strike could also have an impact on anyone planning on heading into the city in order to watch this year’s London Marathon (taking place on April 22nd).
Transport for London (TFL) has said that rail, tube and bus services will be running as they would normally, which is sure to be music to your ears, and there will also be extra buses along the DLR route – but services are sure to be busier than normal so you might be wise to try and find an alternative way to get to where you’re going.
If you decide, however short notice, that you don’t want the hassle of public transport to get into London this weekend, what about looking into coach hire in London? This is a really convenient alternative to buses, trains, taxis and so on – and you can travel in real style and comfort with friends and family, instead of being crammed in like sardines with your nose in a stranger’s armpit.
Mark Davis, interim DLR boss for TFL, 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.”
Travellers are being advised to keep an eye on the TFL website so they can plan ahead easily – and it’s worth noting that the Central, Jubilee, District and Hammersmith & City lines in the east of the city are likely to be busier than usual. And Canada Water, Canary Wharf, Canning Town, Stratford, Bank and London Bridge stations could also be incredibly hectic – so give yourself enough time to get where you need to be.
The best way to handle travel strikes is to keep yourself regularly updated with all the news so you can handle disruptions easily. Only doing essential trips might be a good idea, or even getting on your bike to get to your destination instead.
Staying with friends is another option if they live close to where you need to be – or you could do things the old-fashioned way and walk! There are options, of course, but just make sure that you leave more than enough time for travel so you don’t get too frustrated and annoyed.