London Bus Drivers Go On Strike

5 February 2015, 19:19

Transport for London say just under half of London's buses ran on Thursday 5 February 2015 during a strike by bus workers over pay.

Transport for London say just under half of London's buses ran on Thursday 5 February 2015 during a strike by bus workers over pay.

Members of the Unite union employed by 18 companies in London walked out as part of a campaign for a single pay and conditions agreement in London.

Transport for London (TfL) warned of "significant" disruption, saying the strike will hit services from 4am, as well as affecting night buses into Friday morning.

Bus services affected:

94% of bus routes are affected by the strike, including those operated by these companies.

• Abellio (Abellio London and Abellio West London)
• Arriva (Arriva North and Arriva South)
• CT Plus (Hackney Community Transport)
• Go Ahead (Blue Triangle, Docklands, London General, London Central, Metrobus)
• London Sovereign
• London United
• Metroline (Metroline and Metroline West)
• Stagecoach (East London Bus & Coach Company, Selkent)
• Tower Transit

Bus routes which will NOT be affected:

These Routes Will NOT Be Affected
66    Romford Station to Leytonstone Station
142  Watford Junction Station to Brent Cross Shopping Centre
160  Thomas Lane to Sidcup Station
258  Watford Junction Station to South Harrow Bus Station
268  Golders Green Station to O2 Centre / Sainsbury's
288  Queensbury Morrisons to Meadfield
298  Arnos Grove Station to Cranborne Road Industrial Estate
303  Edgware Bus Station to Colindale ASDA
305  Edgware Bus Station to Kingsbury Circle
340  Edgware Bus Station to Harrow Bus Station
346  Upminster Station / St Lawrence Road to Lexington Way
370  Mercury Gardens to Lakeside
375  Romford Station to Passingford Bridge
404  Coulsdon Library to Westway
406  Cromwell Road Bus Station to Epsom Town Centre or Epsom Hospital
411  Cromwell Road Bus Station to Central Square
418  Cromwell Road Bus Station to Epsom Town Centre
428  Erith Town Centre / Cross Street to Bluewater
463  Coulsdon South Station to Pollards Hill
465  Cromwell Road Bus Station to South Street
467  Hinchley Wood School to Epsom Town Centre or Epsom Hospital
470  Colliers Wood Station to Epsom Town Centre
492  Sidcup Station to Bluewater Shopping Centre
499  Gallows Corner / Tesco to Stansgate Road Shops
626  Dollis Park / Finchley Central Station to Dame Alice Owen's School
628  Jewish Free School to Southgate Station
631  Golders Green Station to Henrietta Barnett School
641  Central Square to Broom Road / Teddington School
642  West Hendon to Stanmore
653  Princes Avenue to Jewish Free School
683  Colney Hatch Lane to Jewish Free School
688  Southgate Station to Jewish Free School
B12  Erith Town Centre / Riverside to St Mary's Road
B13  Market Place / Bexleyheath Clock Tower to New Eltham Station / Southwood Road
B15  Market Place / Bexleyheath Clock Tower to Horncastle Road
E10  Islip Manor Road to Kent Gardens
H18/H19  Harrow Bus Station to Harrow Bus Station circular route.
H2   Golders Green Station to Golders Green Station (via Hampstead Garden Suburb)
H3   Golders Green Station to Hill Top (NW11)
K5   Dysart Avenue to Morden Station
S1   Banstead / Marks & Spencer to Victoria RoadLavender Fields
S3   Sutton Hospital to Malden Manor Station
X26 Heathrow Central Bus Station to Whitgift Centre

These are the routes that are operated by:
- Arriva Kent Thameside
- Arriva The Shires
- Tellings Golden Miller Group
- H. R. Richmond Ltd (Epsom Buses/Quality Line)
- Sulivan Buses

How to get around:

• Customers with a Bus & Tram Pass season ticket will be able to use it on the Tube, DLR and London Overground services.
•  11-15 Zip Oyster photocard or 16+ Zip Oyster photocard with free bus and tram travel will be accepted on Tube, DLR and London Overground services on reasonable routes only. Passengers are advised to show their card to a member of staff at stations.
• Bus & Tram Pass season tickets will also be accepted on MBNA Thames Clipper RB1 River Bus service between 6am-10am and 4.30pm-7:30pm.
• You won't be able to use your Bus & Tram Pass season ticket to travel on National Rail services
• One Day Bus & Tram Pass or a bus Saver ticket cannot be used for alternative transport, and aren't entitled to a refund.
• You also won't be entitled to a refund if you use an Oyster or contactless payment card to pay as you go. Don't touch in or out on yellow card readers at stations as you will be charged a pay as you go fare.

Unite accused TfL of undermining efforts to resolve the row by making "misleading" comments about the dispute.

Regional officer Wayne King said: "TfL should be playing a constructive role in facilitating a resolution to the dispute with London's 18 bus operators, who despite our tireless efforts over two years are refusing to talk collectively about ending pay inequality.

"Instead TfL is seeking to inflame the situation and undermine hopes of resolving the dispute with misinformed and misleading comments.

"All we are asking for is a collective forum to discuss how we can end pay disparities over a sensible time frame.

"Just as you wouldn't employ police officers on different rates of pay across London neither should you with bus drivers."

Unite said there were hundreds of different pay rates for bus workers in London, with differences of up to £3 an hour.

Mike Weston, TfL's director of buses, said: "I am very sorry that the leadership of Unite is intent on disrupting the journeys of London's 6.5 million daily bus passengers, especially given that only 16% of bus drivers voted for strike action.

"Bus driver rates of pay have been negotiated and agreed between Unite and the bus companies individually under a long-standing and jointly agreed process. This has regularly resulted in pay rises above the rate of inflation.

"As in all professions, bus drivers have different levels of experience and it is only right that this can be reflected in pay. A 'levelling up' of pay to the highest rates would result in higher fares and cuts to bus services for passengers and fewer jobs for bus drivers."

The strike was likely to mean "significant disruption to bus services", Mr Weston said, continuing: "I urge customers to please check our website for the latest news. We'll be getting up-to-date information to customers as quickly as possible to ensure that they can continue to get around the city."