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London Bus Strike - TUESDAY UPDATE

13 January 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Transport for London is continuing to warn bus passengers that their journeys could be significantly disrupted today (Tuesday 13 January) due to strike action. Customers are being kept informed throughout the day through regular website updates, Twitter (@TfLBusAlerts) and the usual electronic signs at around 2,500 bus stops.

A full list of affected bus routes and the level of service they are currently operating has also been published at:


One third capacity

TfL says the bus network carried around a third of its normal number of passengers this morning and the public transport network as a whole saw over 80 per cent of normal passenger levels, with significant numbers choosing to walk or cycle short distances to work.

The strike has affected services from around 4:00am this morning and will affect night bus services operating tonight into Wednesday morning. Bus services during the day on Wednesday 14 January should operate as normal.

All other TfL services are operating as normal and Bus and Tram Pass season tickets are being accepted on other TfL services via reasonable routes.

A number of bus routes are not affected by today's strike action and will run a normal service:

66 - Romford Station to Leytonstone bus station

142 - Watford Junction to Brent Cross Shopping Centre

160 - Catford to Sidcup Station

258 - Watford Junction to South Harrow Station

268 - Golders Green Station to Finchley Road

288 - Queensbury to Broadfields Estate

298 - Arnos Grove to Potters Bar

303 - Edgware Station to Colindale

305 - Edgware Station to Kingsbury Circle

340 - Edgware Station to Harrow Bus Station

346 - Upminster Station to Upminster Park Estate

370 - Romford to Lakeside Shopping Centre

375 - Romford Station to Passingford Bridge

404 - Coulsdon to Caterham-on-the-Hill

406 - Kingston to Epsom

411 - Kingston to West Molsey

418 - Kingston to Epsom

428 - Erith to Bluewater Shopping Centre

463 - Coulsdon South Station to Pollards Hill

465 - Kingston to Dorking

467 - Hook to Epsom

470 - Colliers Wood Station to Epsom

492 - Sidcup Station to Bluewater Shopping Centre

499 - Gallows Corner to Heath Park Estate

626 - Finchley Central Station to Potters Bar

628 - Kingsbury to Southgate Station

631 - Golders Green Station to Henrietta Barnett School

641 - West Molesey to Teddington School

642 - West Hendon Broadway/Edgware Station to London Academy

653 - Muswell Hill Broadway to Kingsbury

683 - Friern Barnet to Kingsbury

688 - Southgate Station to Kingsbury

B12 - Erith to Joydens Wood

B13 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre to New Eltham Station

B15 - Bexleyheath Shopping Centre to Horn Park

E10 - Northolt to Ealing Broadway Station

H2 - Golders Green Station circular (via Hampstead Garden Suburb)

H3 - Golders Green Station to East Finchley, Hilltop

H18 - Harrow Bus Station circular (via Pinner & Wealdstone)

H19 - Harrow Bus Station circular (via Wealdstone & Pinner

K5 - Ham to Morden Station

S1 - Banstead to Lavender Fields

S3 - Sutton Hospital to Malden Manor Station

X26 - West Croydon to Heathrow Airport


Previous reporting

A London Bus strike is planned to take place on Tuesday 13 January. This would affect services from around 4am on Tuesday 13 January and also night bus services operating on the Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Bus services during the day on Wednesday 14 January should operate as normal.

The bus companies likely to be affected by the bus strike are:

  • 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 services during the day on Wednesday 14 January should operate as normal.

Transport for London is working to keep London moving should the strike go ahead. Customers with a Bus & Tram Pass season ticket will be able to use it on the Tube, DLR and London Overground services.

  • If you have a Bus & Tram Pass season ticket, 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard or 16+ Zip Oyster photocard with free bus and tram travel, it will be accepted on Tube, DLR and London Overground services on reasonable routes only. Show your Oyster card to a member of staff and ask to be let through the gates. Don't touch in or out on yellow card readers at stations as you will be charged a pay as you go fare
  • Bus & Tram Pass season tickets will also be accepted on MBNA Thames Clipper RB1 River Bus service between 06:00-10:00 and 16:30-19:30
  • You won't be able to use your Bus & Tram Pass season ticket to travel on National Rail services or the Emirates Air Line
  • If you have a One Day Bus & Tram Pass or a bus Saver ticket, you won't be able to use your ticket on any alternative service or get a refund
  • If you use an Oyster or contactless payment card to pay as you go, you will be charged the appropriate pay as you go fare for your journey based on the service you use and zones you travel through. You won't be able to apply for a refund. Find out about pay as you go fares

Here are some tools to help plan your journies:

  • Status updates
  • Plan a journey can help you plan your route by public transport, cycling or walking
  • Nearby uses your current location or a postcode or address of your choice and places you on a map, showing you Tube, bus, river, Overground, DLR, National Rail and Cycle Hire locations around you
  • Live bus arrivals shows you live arrivals an any of our bus stops, so you know when the next bus is coming
  • Follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter
  • Sign up to our email updates
Previous reporting

Plans are still going ahead for a strike on London’s buses this coming Tuesday - with many predicting greater chaos than the recent Tube strikes. The Unite union is committed to taking strike action on Tuesday, 13 January against what it sees as disparity in wage rates and conditions operated by the bus companies.

Due to take place between 00:01 and 23:59 on Tuesday, it argues that the 18 bus operators were ‘burying their heads in the sand’ over ‘glaringly unfair’ pay disparities. Unite hopes that that up to 27,000 bus workers will be taking part in a London wide bus strike.

The dispute centres on the 80 different pay rates covering London’s bus drivers, often doing the same job and even driving the same route but for different rates of pay. Unlike tube drivers, there is no collective pay deal for bus drivers in the capital,


No majority

Against this, Transport for London (TfL) has criticised Unite for calling out its members when less than 16% had voted for such action. “It is extremely disappointing that Unite has decided to threaten unnecessary disruption, especially given the low turnout for the ballot and low numbers voting for the strike,” said Leon Daniels, TfL's MD, Surface Transport. “Bus drivers' pay and conditions are a matter for the bus companies and Unite to discuss, as it has been for 20 years, and we would urge them to seek a swift and fair resolution for the sake of our passengers.”

At the time of going to press, the strike action is due to go ahead.


Picture: London is still likely to have a bus strike on Tuesday, 13 January

Article written by Robin Snow | Published 13 January 2015


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