Woolwich Arsenal Sunday train services

MQT on 2011-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2011
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I was recently contacted by a constituent who was surprised to find that there was no DLR service at Woolwich Arsenal nor any Southeastern Trains services between Dartford and Charlton on Sunday 26 June. I had been led to believe that TFL and SE Railway had agreed to co-ordinate engineering work to ensure that we do not have more than one of the three rail routes serving north of the borough (DLR, SE Railway and Jubilee Line) down on any given Sunday. Is this correct and, if so, why is the agreement not being adhered to?


Answer for Woolwich Arsenal Sunday train services

Answer for Woolwich Arsenal Sunday train services

Answered By: 
The Mayor

DLR does work very hard to avoid clashes with possessions on other main line and London Underground services as well as any major events in the area. Unfortunately with the large amount of work going on around the DLR system, with a number of projects particularly needed to provide resilience for the Olympics and beyond, it is not always possible to avoid all clashes.

This particular weekend possession was needed to test control systems across this area of the DLR network. Whilst I appreciate that replacement bus services are not always convenient, this particular possession involved a short journey by bus to Charlton and thence main line train services were operating.