Docklands Light Railway staff began their 48-hour strike at 04.00 this morning, having voted to take industrial action on the Tuesday and Wednesday of World Travel Market at ExCel in London (Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November).
Resolution talks were ongoing to try to avert the strike action. However, the WTM organisers are reassuring visitors that the industrial action will cause minimal disruption to journeys to and from WTM London on those days.
WTM London, Transport for London and ExCeL have worked together on a comprehensive contingency plan. London Underground is running a full service, so all delegates will be able to travel to Canning Town Station – the main transport hub for getting to ExCeL.
A regular transfer service from Canning Town Station to ExCeL will be running during this period, while TfL will operate an enhanced bus service on the routes serving ExCeL. The 325 and 541 routes serve both Custom House Station (West Entrance) and Prince Regent Station (East Entrance) of ExCeL from Canning Town Station. The Prince Regent Station (East Entrance) of ExCeL is also served by the 147, 300 and 473 bus routes from Canning Town Station.
It is a 10-15 minutes walk from Canning Town Station to ExCeL and a signposted walkway with staff also directing the journey will be in place.
Alternative routes to ExCeL include taking the Jubilee line and getting off at North Greenwich. The Emirates Airline cable car will then take you to ExCeL. The cable car will be free of charge on the two days of the strike.
Thames Clippers is also running a complete service from central London to The O2 arena, where delegates can then take the free Emirates Airline cable car service to ExCeL.