DLR improves service to Excel, Olympia tube cut finds support

Organisers of World Travel Market (7-10 November 2011) have welcomed transport improvements on the Docklands Light Railway.
 
DLR trains will increase capacity from two to three carriages and trains will run every two minutes and 30 seconds during peak periods, according to Transport for London (TfL).
 
West Ham is open as a DLR station for the first time providing an interchange with the District, Hammersmith and City and Jubilee lines and the opening of the Stratford International link for the London 2012 Olympics will increase frequency through Canning Town to Custom House.
 
Improving the interchange further between London Underground and the DLR the Jubilee Line, organisers claim, will could boost attendance 33 per cent at WTM 2011.
 
Other improvements include a new platform at Canning Town Station and new escalators at CustomHouse Station improving entry and exit from Excel London for the 48,000 travel industry professionals expected at the Reed show.
 
Furthermore, Transport for London will continue with its Travel Hub at Canning Town Station, introduced for WTM 2009. TfL Travel Hubs are employed to trouble shoot issues for major events, such as the 2009 G20 meeting at Excel.
 
World Travel Market Exhibition Director Simon Press said: “The increase in capacity on the DLR is great news for all WTM participants.”

He added: “I would like to thank TfL for recognising the importance of World Travel Market and continuing with its Travel Hub at Canning Town for a third successive year.”
 
WTM 2010 generated £1.42bn worth of travel industry contracts, according to research by Fusion Communications.
 
TfL, meanwhile, claims 90 per cent of respondents to a public consultation survey on the proposed cancellation of weekday District Line tube services to Kensington Olympia support the changes. 

A public consultation period was launched after TfL announced plans to cut weekday tube services to Olympia from December. The transport authority claims cancelling the service will improve services on the rest of the District Line.  

A TfL spokesperson confirmed 14,933 responses were lodged on the consultation website with 89.5 per cent supporting the cuts and changes to the District Line service. “We are now considering all of the responses,” the statement read.

According to TfL, the weekday service to Olympia is lightly used compared with other Districtline services and carries only around 30 people per train on average other than during major events.
“We are in discussion about a range of mitigating measures that must be implemented if they choose to go ahead with these plans, and we are pressing them to commit to ensuring that the other excellent transport links to Olympia are enhanced and improved,” an spokesperson for the EC&O venue said.

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) recently joined the campaign against the tube service cancellation, compiling a letter from leading events industry organisers protesting the proposal. 
 
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