A 48-hour strike by staff on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) caused misery for commuters in the capital yesterday. The problems were not only confined to the DLR as interchange stations such as Canary Wharf and London Bridge saw long lines of waiting passengers and delays to trains.
Members affiliated to the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) began the strike at 04:00 yesterday. They are supposed to start work again at the same time tomorrow morning.
A statement issued by Transport for London (TfL) said more buses had been laid on for important routes. It noted that trains on the east London sectors of the Hammersmith & City, Central and District lines were a lot busier than normal. The overcrowding was also affecting services on the Highbury to Surrey Quays overground line.
The problems are set to continue through today and TfL says commuters will probably experience further delays tomorrow morning. DLR director Rory O’Neill apologised for the inconvenience to passengers and asked them to avoid travelling at peak times if they could.
He continued by saying that dialogue and not a strike was the way forward in any dispute. The RMT called for the walkout over a row about using agency employees and other allegations of intimidation.
Commuters stuck in queues, or on crowded trains and buses, aired their complaints on social media websites. Many said journeys that normally took 10 or 20 minutes at most had turned into nightmares lasting more than three hours