The Docklands Light Railways (DLR) service is expected to be at a standstill for two days due to strike action.

Staff, who are part of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, will walkout from 4am on Tuesday, November 3, for 48 hours.

DLR services are not expected to run on Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4. Limited services will begin at the start of Thursday, November 5, with a full service in operation by late morning.

Despite the DLR essentially being an automatic service, “captains” are needed at platforms and on trains to ensure it is running safely.

The walkout is due to a dispute between workers and DLR-operator Keolis Amey Docklands over working conditions.

Transport for London has said that if the strike goes ahead then more bus services will operate on key routes along the DLR network and there will be “limited” replacement bus services at “key locations” to connect DLR users to the Tube network.

The Jubilee, Central, District and Hammersmith and City lines in east London and London Overground between Highbury and Surrey Quays are expected to be much busier than usual.

Stations that interchange with the DLR – Canning Town, Bank, Stratford, Canary Wharf and Canada Water stations – will be exceptionally busy, especially with the World Travel Market at the Excel.

There will also be additional RB1 Thames Clipper services in the morning peak period between Woolwich and North Greenwich, for connections to the Jubilee line. It will also be available between Greenwich and Canary Wharf, stopping at Greenland and Masthouse Terrace Piers.

We have found ways to get to the three key stations on the network. Also take a look at Google Maps UK as walking between stations is often quicker than you may think.

Get to London City Airport

  • Use buses services from Canning Town station, which is linked to the Jubilee Line.
  • The 474 and 473 serve Canning Town station.

See more here .

Get to Canary Wharf

The easiest option is to take the Jubilee line. See below for how to link through to other lines this way.

  • Bank: Take the Central line to Stratford and then Jubilee
  • Tower Gateway: District line to Westminster, where you can change for Jubilee
  • Greenwich to Lewisham - Get a bus towards North Greenwich (188 and 129) and get the Jubilee line
  • Woolwich: Get a Thames Clipper service to Canary Wharf pier
  • For users of Prince Regent or nearby DLR stations use Canning Town station: 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 from Canning Town Station.

Get to Cutty Sark (Greenwich)

  • Either get the 188 or 129 towards north Greenwich and then get the Jubilee line towards Canary Wharf from there.

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