Tubes hit by DLR strike
The drivers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) have gone on strike, which of course, makes problems for the Tube across London. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Lewisham, a tree falls over at Goodge Street or something.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are doing a 48-hour walkout which kicked off at 4am, and passengers are being switched over to London Underground services where applicable.
Or, if you think you can walk it, have a look at this map below which shows you the distances between Tubes when doing it on foot.
So why the strike?
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members on DLR are rock-solid in their action this morning and I want to pay tribute to their unity and determination as they fight to defend safe operational practices and the basic principles of workplace justice."
"Pickets have been out in force and it’s now time for KeolisAmey to recognise the sheer strength of feeling on the shop floor and to get round the table for meaningful talks that address the raft of serious issues at the heart of this dispute. The disruption caused by the shutdown of DLR this morning is entirely down to the intransigence of the management and now it’s time for them to stop the posturing and start talking."
Rory O’Neill, Transport for London’s director of DLR, said: “We are disappointed that strike action called by the RMT leadership is causing disruption to DLR customers. The only way to resolve their dispute with KeolisAmey Docklands, who operate the DLR on our behalf, is through meaningful discussion rather than unnecessary strike action."
"We have put on extra buses, on existing bus routes, that operate along the DLR route and staff will also be available to help. Other TfL services are operating but will be busier than normal particularly at key interchanges with the DLR network. We ask customers who are able to, to consider avoiding the busiest times if they can."