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Article from BTNews 2 NOVEMBER 2015

Emirates to the rescue

Airline saves WTM fiasco - A MUST READ

Those ‘friendly’ souls at the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport union) have chosen Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to withdraw labour from the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the main access to Excel and World Travel Market (WTM).  With seemingly exceptional timing, the dates chosen are when the world of leisure descends on East London to admire what Britain has to offer.  But not only the UK.  WTM is the showcase for the world’s travel industry, with tourist organisations from around the globe descending on the capital.

A regular transfer service from Canning Town Station Jubilee Line Underground to ExCeL will be running during this period. Transport for London (TfL) will operate an enhanced bus service on the routes serving ExCeL including the 147, 300, 325, 473 and 541.  Check routes with TfL.  The walk from Canning Town is exactly one mile.

Flying to rescue WTM is the Emirates Airline cable car free of charge for the two days of the strike.  Take the Tube to North Greenwich (O2).  If the queue is too long, it is back to the Underground.   https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/dlr-strike

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colin Antill,

Excel - DLR have also restricted exit by 50% from excel if there was a fire or emergency it would not be hundreds but thousands that would die!

Jeff Baker, Cowbridge, Wales

Rather a naive article. If you want to make a point you choose the optimum time, in this case a strike to maximize disruption and gain maximum publicity. Similarly the intervention by Emirates hardly hinders their quest to promote usage of their cable car!

David Bentley, Manchester

How utterly pathetic. To have to wait in a long line for a bus or a cable car, or walk to the venue. Why do the organisers persist in choosing London for this event? A city where you are always liable to be disadvantaged by selfish interests? It's hard enough getting there in the first place, which is why I stopped going.

Mike Pitman, Jersey

And for those using the showcase LCY? WTM organisers seem unable to give any advice about that.