Bus routes facing more disruption from another round of strikes

Bus routes in Chiswick are facing disruption throughout March, with planned bus strikes likely to affect the 94 and 440 routes.

If the strike action goes ahead, up to 80 routes will be affected across London. The planned strikes are due to take place on Wednesday 17, Wednesday 24 and Wednesday 31 March.

The UK’s largest union, Unite, is organising the strikes, over a pay dispute between employees of RATP Dev London, which oversees three separate transport subsidiaries: Quality Line, London Sovereign and London United.

The first wave of strike action caused considerable disruption across London. The union says that despite this, RATP has made no indication that it is prepared to enter into negotiations to resolve the dispute.

The strike will affect RATP garages in the following boroughs: Edgware, Epsom, Fulwell, Harrow, Hounslow, Park Royal, Shepherd’s Bush and Tolworth.

Pay cuts “disgraceful” – says Unite regional boss

Unite regional officer, Michelle Braveboy, said: 

“Bus drivers are not taking strike action during a pandemic lightly, this is a last resort as RATP has refused to enter into meaningful negotiations.

“The latest strikes will inevitably cause serious disruption across the London bus network but I hope that passengers will understand this is the result of RATP’s greed.

“Unite’s members are angry and insulted, they have risked their health to keep London moving throughout the pandemic and the only thanks they have received is attacks on their pay and conditions.

“Our drivers recognise that RATP is a highly profitable company that appears to be prepared to invest in everything apart from its drivers. Yet without drivers its services would instantly grind to a halt.”

Below is a list of all the affected routes:

Day routes:

79, 142, 183, 251, 288, 303, 326, 395, 398, H10, H11, H12, H14, H17, H18, H19, H9, 18, 33, 65, 70, 71, 72, 110, 111, 116, 203, 216, 223, 224, 265, 266, 283, 371, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 465, C1, H22, H32, H37, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, S3, 293, 404, 413, 463, 467, 470, S1

School and night routes:

642, N5, 613, 662, 665, 671, 681, 696, 697, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266, 633

24 Hour routes:

148, 220, 281, 111, 85, 94

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