Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > British Airways | Executive Club
Reload this Page >

London City Airport - DLR Strike on Wed 28th and Thu 29th

London City Airport - DLR Strike on Wed 28th and Thu 29th

Old Mar 27, 18, 12:04 pm
  #1  
Ambassador, British Airways Executive Club
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: UK
Programs: BA Gold, Mucci
Posts: 8,681
London City Airport - DLR Strike on Wed 28th and Thu 29th

I did see a new thread just started on the UK and Ireland forum, maybe that one can moved/merged here as I don't think many here venture over there so I thought it was worth highlighting here on the BA Board given there are a fair few BA LCY flyers.

Industrial action on Docklands Light Railway – Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 March

Answer Id 6510 Updated 27/03/2018 04.08 PM (UK time)
SummaryWorkers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which links London City Airport to the remainder of the London rail network are threatening to hold industrial action this week which will severely affect transport options to/from London City.

The action will take place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 March.

More informationBus services and roads are also likely to be busier during the week as a result of the industrial action. For the very latest information about the threatened industrial action and what impact it may have on your journey, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk
PETER01 is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 12:06 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Somewhere in Russia
Programs: DL, KL
Posts: 911
How can the DLR be on strike when the trains are driverless?
seattle29 is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 12:09 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Gateshead
Programs: BA Gold, ELAL Top Platinum, Lufthansa and Virgin(why?)
Posts: 738
Originally Posted by seattle29 View Post
How can the DLR be on strike when the trains are driverless?
They have staff on board very few trains to open/close doors.
tedcruz is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 12:13 pm
  #4  
Hilton 5+ BadgeAccor 10+ Badge
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Rhineland-Palatinate
Programs: OW Sapphire (BA), *A Gold (A3), Le Club Accor Gold, HHonor Diamond
Posts: 3,067
Originally Posted by seattle29 View Post
How can the DLR be on strike when the trains are driverless?
It is the first step of Skynet rise.

fransknorge is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 12:56 pm
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Scotland/Canada/HK
Programs: The 4am BP pitstop club
Posts: 2,177
I've seen it all now.
Calum is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 2:09 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: London Stratford, E7
Programs: BAEC Gold! Thanks to FT
Posts: 2,332
Originally Posted by seattle29 View Post
How can the DLR be on strike when the trains are driverless?
Where did the article state train drivers? Each train has a passenger service agent for safety and other duties.

To help people unfamiliar with the logistics of this there is the 474 bus that will go to Canning Town where you can pick up the Jubilee Line or the 473 bus to Stratford, I expect TFL will run additional buses from City Airport to Canning Town that will probably add 20-30 mins to the journey,


KeaneJohn is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 2:14 pm
  #7  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Brighton. UK
Programs: BA Silver / VS /IHG Spire & Ambassador
Posts: 11,978
Maintenance is done by humans. As is cleaning and security. And there are humans in the control room.

Not one train can leave the depot without the authorisation of a human.
UKtravelbear is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 3:03 pm
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Ireland
Posts: 127
Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
Maintenance is done by humans. As is cleaning and security. And there are humans in the control room.

Not one train can leave the depot without the authorisation of a human.
I can do it if need be. I arrive about 2pm and Ive got a GCSE
Takiteasy and EuropeToAsia like this.
acquiescefc is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 3:07 pm
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: London, UK
Programs: Nandos Chillis
Posts: 135
Originally Posted by seattle29 View Post
How can the DLR be on strike when the trains are driverless?
Driverless trains aren't the solution to strikes as this proves - even without a driver, every single train on the DLR needs a safety critical member of staff on board to deal with emergencies and communicate with control. They also operate the doors.
KeaneJohn likes this.
TheUrbanite is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 3:52 pm
  #10  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: London
Programs: Mucci. Nothing else matters.
Posts: 36,609
Originally Posted by tedcruz View Post
They have staff on board very few trains to open/close doors.
In case this is a typo: The DLR has a member of staff on board every train to open/close the doors and to provide passenger service.

As it happens, I did a back-to-back from LCY on a previous strike day a couple of years ago. I took the special bus from Canning Town, but there was a considerable wait for one and a lot of pent-up demand by the time it arrived. It was a special charter, so clearly TfL were calling in more resources than the hardware in their own colours. I had been prepared to walk from Canning Town and was keeping an eye on the time to make sure that I had enough time to do that if no bus arrived.

When I returned to LCY, I joined the taxi queue instead of waiting for a bus. At one point, I thought that this might have been the wrong call as a bus turned up and rapidly filled with passengers when I was still only half-way along the taxi queue. However, that bus (a chartered bus) broke down, and sadly the occupants ended up going nowhere fast. Taxi drivers, of course, knew that there were unusually rich pickings at LCY that evening.

That was actually at the back end of a trip, and I think that circumstances might have justified abandoning the last sector. But part of me was curious to see what the arrangements were and how they worked, given that until then strikes on the DLR had been a very rare thing. If I had to do it again, I think I would just organise a car each way. Relying on public transport would have been too much stress for a "must do" trip.
Globaliser is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 4:22 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: London, UK
Programs: Nandos Chillis
Posts: 135
TfL are laying on extra resources tomorrow - in the City Airport and Canary Wharf areas as well as extra buses on a local route to connect Woolwich Arsenal with North Greenwich.
TheUrbanite is offline  
Old Mar 27, 18, 5:23 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Programs: BAEC Bronze, Honors Diamond
Posts: 551
My experience on strike days has always been you need to leave extra time whether or not you intend to travel by public transport.

If if you are travelling by public transport to LCY then connecting to/from Canning Town will probably be your best bet. Across the whole of the area the worst of the pressure on the bus network will be at normal communter times.
lcylocal is offline  
Old Mar 28, 18, 12:26 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: London
Posts: 1,419
This is unexpected. A limited DLR service is operating between Canning Town and LCY. I think it would be wise to plan on the assumption you'll need the replacement bus, and treat it as a bonus if a DLR service is operating.
rcspeirs is offline  
Old Mar 28, 18, 12:35 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: London
Programs: BAEC, EK Skywards, WY Sindbad, Marriott 'Bonvoy' :/, IHG, Hilton Honors, Golden Circle
Posts: 3,098
I live on the DLR and this is a very rare occurrence at least - I think the DLR is normally highly dependable vs. the rest of the Tube network. Had to get a short Uber to Monument to be able to get to LHR this morning as Iím going the other direction!

Good luck to all going to LCY.
lost_in_translation is offline  
Old Mar 28, 18, 1:03 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: May 2014
Programs: BAEC, A3 M&B
Posts: 268
Originally Posted by PETER01 View Post
on the UK and Ireland forum
There is a UK and Ireland forum? Genuinely surprised
EuropeToAsia is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: