If You're Heading To The Marathon This Weekend, Here's What You Need To Know About That DLR Strike

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If You're Heading To The Marathon This Weekend, Here's What You Need To Know About That DLR Strike

UPDATE: This strike has now been cancelled.

TfL has issued travel advice ahead of the DLR strike taking place over the London Marathon weekend.

The strike is set to run from early morning Friday 20 April until early morning Tuesday 24 April inclusive, affecting all of Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. TfL has also warned that there may be disruption throughout Tuesday morning as the service gets back to normal.

It's likely to cause disruption both for marathon runners heading to ExCel for the pre-marathon registration event, and runners and their supporters heading to Greenwich and Blackheath for the start of the run on Sunday.

TfL has said that it will try to run a limited service, with extra bus services being deployed along DLR routes on all days, and advised people to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. Don't rely on those buses though — they themselves could be disrupted by London Marathon road closures.

Image: TfL

As well as the DLR itself being disrupted, it's thought there will be a knock-on effect on the Jubilee, Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines in east London, all of which will be busier than usual. Canary Wharf, Canada Water, London Bridge, Canning Town, Bank and Stratford are the Underground stations most likely to be affected

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. 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.

For updates and live travel advice, head to TfL's DLR strike page (which has had quite the workout recently), follow the DLR Twitter account and TfL's travel alerts Twitter account.

Last Updated 20 April 2018