Reduced DLR service in April to test Olympic service

TfL is celebrating 100 days to go to the Olympics by offering DLR users a taste of what's to come. It says:

From Friday 20 April until Tuesday 24 April, DLR services will be modified in order to test some of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic timetables.

On Friday 20 April, Monday 23 April and Tuesday 24 April there will be reduced frequencies during peak periods between:

Stratford and Canary Wharf
Lewisham and Canary Wharf
Tower Gateway/Bank
Woolwich Arsenal/Beckton

This will allow for increased frequencies on the Stratford International and Beckton routes to be operated for the test period, as they will be during the Games.


kolp said...

I am not liking TFL's attitude to its bread & butter customers. A bod was on telly this morning & said something along the lines of "people need to ask themselves how they are going to get into work during the Olympics as things will change day to day"

Say what? That's YOUR job TFL, to sort out travel, you've had 7 years to plan for theincreased numbers.

Anonymous said...

The simple answer is that TFL don't know how hard it's going to hit until it does. Until then, the service is at breaking point anyway, so you may as well kiss your arse goodbye. Then they'll strike.

Anonymous said...

I wonder where all these extra people will be going to, given so few mere mortals have secured tickets. Still good that they are thinking ahead. Ordinary Londoners will just be obstructions while the games are on, afterwards though we get to pay for it and its laughable legacy.

Anonymous said...

Are they seriously doing that over London Marathon weekend???

Anonymous said...

TFL do love a good jape. And a strike.

Tim said...

Wow. The greatest show on earth is coming to tow and all you lot can do is moan. Open your eyes and enjoy the moment.

kolp said...

"The greatest show on earth..." yeah it does feel like somewhat of a circus!

Anonymous said...

Shame none of us - despite gambling many hundreds of pounds on the possibility - got tickets.

Why there hasn't been a larger uproar about the ticketing process I don't know. Full disclosure problems?

Tim said...

When demand is greater than supply, people will miss out. They did their best to design a system that was fair to all. Get over it. Get involved in other ways. Cheer up everyone!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure it WAS fair to all, in fact I can't think of any other event in history that was ticketed in such a way (and I don't believe that's because of them coming up with a good idea).

1) You had to indicate a maximum number of tickets you wanted to buy.
2) You had to guess at which price level you were going to pitch for - expensive tickets may be easier to win but how easy? Who knows...
3) If your ticket choices got drawn you could expect to get some, none or ALL of your gamble. I personally bid for £500 of tickets and got nothing - but I had to square up to the idea that I might have to go and watch £500 of Olympics, which would probably be too much.
4) Your card got debited at an unknown date and then you actually got told what you'd won a month after that.
5) Payments by VISA only.

It's surprising how money talks and makes things like this happen, but in London, in 2012, was this really the best system we could come up with? Why not a simple first come, first serve? Why all the uncertainty?

Anonymous said...

And when a huge slice of the allocation is given to corporate sponsors, they miss out too. Still I am looking forward to the games, on TV.

mb said...

"None of us" got a ticket... I got a ticket which must mean I'm one of them.

Whealie said...

Where was the offer of money back for a reduced service?

Anonymous said...

Some of the package deals are a joke? For example hotel at Heathrow for an event at the athletic stadium.

A house in Hither Green, 8 beds, is being let out for £7,000 a week during the Olympics.

Tim said...

Anonymous 09:06: what's your point? No one making you book the package, or rent the house. Hotel at Heathrow sounds like it might be quite convenient to some.

Whealie: There's no transit system on earth that would run normally with the Olympics in town. Consider your lack of refund a contribution towards bringing this magnificent spectacle to London (I know we have paid in other ways). Still seems like a bargain

Anonymous 07.07: I never said it was fair to all. I just said they tried to create such a system. Was never going to please everyone. What's wrong with "first come, first served?". All the tickets would have been snapped up by touts with computer programmes. Anyway, it's over. Move on.

All: It's too late to change anything, so let's just relax a bit. Many of us will suffer public transport disruption. But hey, it's a once in a lifetime problem. Why not focus on he good things in life.

Lou Baker said...

I'm delighted the Olympics are coming here.

However, I think the transport chaos thing is overplayed.

How many Olympic events will start before 9am?

I'd guess not many - so the impact on morning rush hour will be negligible.

Evening rush? Commuters mainly head out of town - many of those who've been to the games will be heading in to town.

TFL are warning us to expect the worst so they can gloat when it doesn't happen.

As for tickets - I applied for about 50 Olympic tickets and got just 2, meaning some of my family miss out.

I think the big mistake they made was not to cap the number of tickets you could get. Some applied for 50 and got them all - others got none. That isn't fair.

But I hope we all enjoy this chance to see our great city at its best.

Whealie said...

Londoners pay the most tax in the whole country. We pay millions more in tax than is spent in London - and that is every year, without an Olympics. We subsidise the rest of the country already.

Now we have to pay extra to host the Olympics so we can suffer closed roads, more traffic and reduced public transport systems.

London's companies have to plan how they will cope with three-quarters of their staff not being able to get into work during the Olympics. It's plain stupid.

Mondee said...

Is the house in Hither Green actually let? Or are they chancing their arm and having a go at an extortionate price? I suspect the latter. I have spoken to estate agents who say they have had not a single enquiry about renting houses during the olympics.

Bexhillia said...

I'm another one whose years of interest and excitement about the Games died the moment the ticketing "system" became apparent. There should have been a limit as to how many tickets you could apply for. The way they did it, people could apply for eg 50 or even 100 in the hope of getting a few. But those of us who could not afford the risk of winning say five or ten (let alone 50 or 100 tickets) - because we couldn't afford to pay for them or to have them on credit until we could resell them - only applied for those we could afford (I applied for two and got none). It was annoying that the wealthier people could get themselves much better odds of getting some tickets.

The one thing I was looking forward to was that at least public transport would be better during the Games, as it was in Sydney when I lived there. I really thought it'd be like it was there - suddenly more trains (not just on Olympics line) and 24 hour service... it is my favourite 2000 Olympics memory. So discovering that it's going to be a REDUCED service is a bit of an arrrrgh.

kolp said...

Whilst unremitting negativity about the Olympics is a bore, the opposite- "it's all good, 'it's a once in a lifetime'" (unless your under 64) is a bore too.

It's quite clear to me, the ticketing system was not a success. It has antagonised so many people.

The excitement about the Olympics being in your country & city is that you can go see the events or at least you would think it would be. But it has been so unstraightforward* to get tickets that it has soured the feeling that alot people have towards the games.

Locals being able to get tickets note : pay for, not get for free, would make the spiralling costs & travel feel a little less sore. So far with this Olympics it feels like all costs and little benefits.

*unstraightforward, is a deliberate word choice to echo the unwieldy nature of what i'm describing.

Lou Baker said...


You don't need tickets to see the marathon or road cycling.

You can go to events if you really want to.

I agree the ticketing process has had its flaws but there is no perfect way of doing it.

I think the Olympics is great for London. I hope we all make the most of if because it ain't coming back anytime soon.

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