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DLR strike called off on London Marathon weekend

Planned four-day industrial action is suspended after ‘significant progress’ in talks

This weekend could see the hottest temperatures ever for the London Marathon but at least the runners and spectators won’t have to worry about transport chaos.

The planned four-day strike on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has been suspended, the London Evening Standard reports, after talks were held between the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and DLR operators KeolisAmey.

RMT confirmed yesterday that strike action has been suspended after “significant progress” in the talks between the two parties.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Just out of a meeting with TfL commissioner Mike Brown and pleased to confirm that the DLR strike planned for this weekend has been called off.”

Mark Davis, interim general manager of the DLR, told the Standard he was very satisfied with the outcome. “For the thousands of runners raising millions of pounds for charity this weekend, we are delighted that the planned industrial action on the DLR has been suspended,” he said.

“Our services will help all those participating and supporting the London Marathon travel across London for this fantastic event.

“Walking, cycling and public transport will be the easiest way to get around and make the most of the day, and I encourage anyone travelling around south east and central London to be aware of the road closures and to plan their journey in advance.”

Marathon organisers have advised runners not to travel by car, noting that roads in the area will close at 7am, with local diversions in operation in the Greenwich, Charlton and Deptford areas.

Santander Cycle Hire hubs will operate as normal (although after running 26.2 miles competitors would be forgiven for balking at that option) and Thames Clippers river bus services will run from key central London piers.

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