Updated - 17th April -
Whilst talks between RMT and KeolisAmey Docklands are ongoing, the four-day strike by workers on London’s Docklands Light Railway looks likely to go ahead over the London Marathon weekend.
Causing havoc to thousands of runners and supporters trying to reach the start line, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are set to walk out from 4am on Friday 20th April and not return to work until 03.59am on Tuesday 24th April.
If it goes ahead, the strike will also affect runners trying to reach the London Marathon expo at the ExCeL Centre on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st to collect their numbers.
TfL have announced today that plans are being developed with the aim of operating a limited service over the four days. In a press statment they announced: "Where possible, depending on staff numbers, limited services will be prioritised to enable participants in the London Marathon to travel to ExCeL to register ahead of the event, and for runners and their supporters to reach the race line in Greenwich and on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday. However, customers are advised to check the TfL website for the latest information and to plan ahead, looking at alternative options for their journeys."
TfL have also said extra bus services will be deployed along the DLR network over the four days, and TfL Travel Ambassadors will be on hand to provide travel information and advice.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT continues to push for a negotiated settlement in a dispute that is about turning the tide on outsourcing and ensuring workplace justice for this key group of London transport workers."
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.
We urge RMT and KeolisAmey Docklands to continue with discussions to settle their dispute. If this strike goes ahead, we will work with the operator 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.
Customers are advised to check before they travel and allow extra time to make their journeys, while our Travel Ambassadors will be on hand to provide information and advice and help keep London moving."
With just five days to go before the London Marathon weekend, hopefully both parties will come to an agreement in enough time to minimise disruption for runners and spectators.