Travel agents travelling to World Travel Market have been advised to avoid busy interchanges and use alternative public transport routes in order to make their way to ExCel London.
A TFL spokesperson has confirmed that strike action is planned on the Docklands Light railway (DLR) for Tuesday November 3 and Wednesday November 4, and that it will last all day on both days. Some services may also be affected on Thursday November 5, as they resume.
Agents travelling to WTM are advised to consider taking the Jubilee line into North Greenwich, embark from Emirates Greenwich Peninsula on the Emirates Air Line (cable car) to Royal Victoria and then walk (seven minutes) to ExCel. It is confirmed that visitors who hold a valid travelcard for their journey and who show it to the Emirates Air Line service on the days of the strike will be offered a free service in both directions.
Alternatively, agents can take the Jubilee line to Canning Town and walk (20 minutes) to ExCel. The spokesperson also advised that perhaps the quickest way in is to take this route and then, instead of walking, take one of two direct buses to the ExCel centre, one being the 147 heading towards Ilford or the 241 heading toward Stratford City.
To plan your journey visit tfl.gov.uk or for further information call DLR customer services on 020-7363 9700.
We have also just received a statement from Reed Exhibitions which reads as follows:
“Resolution talks are ongoing to try to avert the strike action. However, I would like to reassure you that should the industrial action go ahead it will cause minimal disruption to your journeys to and from WTM London on those days. WTM London, Transport for London (TfL) and ExCeL have worked together on a comprehensive contingency plan.
London Underground is running a full service so all delegates will be able to travel to Canning Town Station – the main transport hub for getting to ExCeL. A regular transfer service from Canning Town Station to ExCeL will be running during this period.
While TfL will operate an enhanced bus service on the routes serving ExCeL. The 325 and 541 routes serve both Custom House Station (West Entrance) and Prince Regent Station (East Entrance) of ExCeL from Canning Town Station. The Prince Regent Station (East Entrance) of ExCeL is also served by the 147, 300 and 473 from Canning Town Station. It’s a 10-15 minutes walk from Canning Town Station to ExCeL and a signposted walkway with staff also directing the journey will be in place.
Alternative routes to ExCeL include taking the Jubilee line and getting off at North Greenwich. The Emirates Airline cable car will then take you to ExCeL. The cable car will be free of charge on the two days of the strike.
Thames Clippers is also running a complete service from central London to The O2 arena, where delegates can then take the free Emirates Airline cable car service to ExCeL. You can also visit wtmlondon.com/travelupdate.”