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WE BATTLE DAILY TO GET TO WORK.

MANY of the Mirror's staff are among the 80,000 commuters who battle to work every day on the Docklands Light Railway.

Showbiz reporter CHRIS HUGHES says: "The DLR is a joke. It is unreliable and frustrating and it is criminal that anyone could make a penny out of it.

"It is a 20 minute nightmare ride packed into a sardine can full of fuming commuters, jerked about on a toy town railway set. Most mornings there is a problem on the DLR - passed off with a tedious explanation about "points failure" which invariably makes you late."

City desk secretary LOUISE CHAPPELL says: "I would love to see the DLR millionaires explaining how they deserve their windfalls to the passengers who keep them in a job. But it won't happen because the trains are too packed to let the fat cats and their wallets on."

Librarian KEN GRESHAM says: "There is no way the DLR can justify big pay packets for bosses when the service is not improving.

"If anything it's getting worse and they have recently put up fares without giving us anything in return."

Publicity assistant SARAH VAUGHAN-BROWNE says: "The DLR is the computerised dream that has turned into a daily nightmare."

Customer service assistant JEMIMA WARRACK says: "Nearly every day I arrive at the platform only to find a mass of people listening to announcements telling them to find another way to work.

"You have to allow an extra 20 minutes for your journey if you are mad enough to try the DLR."
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Author:Hughes, Chris
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 29, 1998
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