Rail travel to London City airport is being affected by a two-day strike being held on the Docklands Light Railway.
DLR workers, who are members of the RMT union, have walked out on Wednesday (March 28) and Thursday (March 29) in a dispute over outsourcing and other workplace issues.
Originally there was expected to be no service at all across the DLR network during the strike period but the operator Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) has managed to put on a “reduced service” between Canning Town and London City today.
“It is likely, due to staff numbers, that these services will stop at 16:00,” said DLR in a statement. “It is expected that a similar level of service will operate tomorrow between 07:00 and 16:00.”
There may also be disruption to early morning DLR services on Friday (March 30) following the end of the strike.
Despite the strike by DLR workers, London City airport said it was “open for business and running a full schedule of flights”.
“Please allow plenty of extra time if you are travelling to/from LCY on Wednesday or Thursday. There will be additional buses (number 474) running between the airport and the nearest London Underground station at Canning Town (on the Jubilee line) taking approx 25 minutes,” advised the airport.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “”Our members are standing united and determined on DLR this morning in a dispute that is about ending the undercutting of jobs and conditions through outsourcing, ending the abuse of procedures and defending the basic principles of workplace justice.
“It is now time for the London Labour mayor [Sadiq Khan] to wake up and start taking this dispute and the abuse of this key group of London transport staff seriously.”