RMT strike set to halt all DLR services for 48 hours

The Docklands Light Railway in Beckton. Picture: PA Wire/John Stillwell

The Docklands Light Railway in Beckton. Picture: PA Wire/John Stillwell - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Strike action threatens the running of Dockland Light Railway services tomorrow and Thursday.

The RMT union’s dispute with KeolisAmey Docklands over changes to terms and conditions will see replacement bus services connect Dockland Light Railway (DLR) users to the Tube, bringing disruption to Beckton, Canning Town, King George V and London City Airport.

“The company should be under no illusions about RMT’s members’ determination to fight against detrimental changes to terms and conditions,” says general secretary Mick Cash.

The union is taking action against what it claims is secondments without members’ consent, “new and inferior” maternity and paternity leave, longer waiting periods for entitlement to full sick pay and “outstanding health and safety issues”.

Transport for London (TfL) expects services to be running normally on Friday, after the strike, but warns during the strike it is unlikely that any DLR services will run.

Other TfL services connecting to the DLR network are expected to run as normal.

“Bus, Tube and rail services will be operating as normal, extra buses will run on key routes and staff will be available to help,” explains the DLR’s director, Rory O’Neill.

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Customers who were planning to travel to London City Airport have been advised by TfL to use the bus service from Canning Town, other buses or a taxi.

With the strike expected to spread strain across other TfL services, customers have been asked to consider avoiding the busiest travel times.

Despite TfL calling on RMT not to disrupt services and to continue discussions with KeolisAmey Docklands, the union’s general secretary remains confident that tomorrow’s action will go ahead.

“Our members will stand together and support this strike action as they continue the demonstration of unity and solidarity shown by all in this dispute,” says Mick Cash.

The 48-hour strike is set to start at 4am tomorrow and conclude at 3.59am on Friday.

Travellers are advised by TfL to check tfl.gov.uk for updates and alerts will be provided on Twitter by @TfL as well as @TfLTravelAlerts and @LondonDLR using the hashtag #dlrstrike

Commuters have been reminded by TfL that, during any strike action, normal service delay refunds are suspended.