World Travel Market 2011, the leading global event for the travel industry, is poised to benefit from a number of transport improvements including a 50% increase in Docklands Light Railway (DLR) capacity.
DLR trains will increase capacity from 2 to 3 carriages, increasing DLR capacity by 50%, with trains continuing to run every 2 minutes and 30 seconds during peak periods.
Furthermore, West Ham is open as a DLR station for the first time providing an interchange with the District, Hammersmith & City, and Jubilee lines.
The opening of the Stratford International link for the 2012 Olympics will further increase frequency through Canning Town to Custom House.
Improving the interchange further between London Underground and the DLR Jubilee Line will benefit from a 33% increase in capacity for WTM 2011.
Other improvements include a new platform at Canning Town Station to help ease congestion and new escalators at Custom House Station improving entry and exit from ExCeL–London.
Furthermore, Transport for London will continue with its problem solving Travel Hub at Canning Town Station, which it introduced for WTM 2009.
The “Hub” assesses the wider issues on the transport network, which may affect routes to and from WTM 2011 (Monday, November 7 to Thursday, November 10).
Should there be any problems that may affect routes to World Travel Market, the Hub can act to minimize any potential disruption, while also improving communication with TfL officials at Canning Town.
TfL Travel Hubs are only employed for major events, such as the 2009 G20 meeting at ExCeL, London, demonstrating the importance of World Travel Market.
World Travel Market Exhibition Director Simon Press said: “The increase in capacity on the DLR is great news for all WTM participants. This alongside an increased DLR frequency due to the opening of the Stratford Link, more Jubilee Line tubes, and West Ham open as a DLR station for the first time, will help to offer all WTM participants a smooth journey to and from the event.
“Furthermore, I would like to thank TfL for recognizing the importance of World Travel Market and continuing with its Travel Hub at Canning Town for a third successive year.”