Chiswick’s bus routes should be largely unaffected by the planned strike by bus drivers on 22-24 February.
More than 2,000 members of the Unite union said they would be taking action from Monday 22 February, but the majority of routes through Chiswick should see buses running as normal.
The only routes which look as if they will be affected are the 94 and 440 bus routes, going from Turnham Green to Piccadilly Circus & Gunnersbury Power Road to Stonebridge Park respectively.
The strike is happening because of a pay dispute between bus drivers and their employers, French-owned bus company RATP Dev London. Unite, the union representing the bus drivers, has said RATP is using the pandemic as ‘a convenient smokescreen’ to attempt to implement pay policies that could see some of their drivers lose up to £2,500-a-year.
Transport for London announced there are ’59 day routes, six 24-hour routes, six night routes and nine school routes – predominately in south west London – expected to be affected’ by the industrial action.
To ensure any potential disruption is kept to a minimum, TfL has asked customers who must travel on the potentially affected days to check online before they travel, leave extra time for their journeys, and where possible, consider alternative transport. Real time service updates are available on the TfL website, TfL Go app, with information on quiet times on the network also available on the website.
TfL is contacting all registered Oyster card users of the affected routes to advise of the potential disruption and encourage them to check before travelling. TfL is encouraging customers making shorter journeys on these dates to walk or cycle, highlighting Santander cycle hire services which are available at Putney and Hammersmith.
Claire Mann, Director of Bus Operations at TfL, said: “We’re sorry that some of our customers may experience disruption to their journeys early next week.
“We’re doing all we can to minimise this, but customers should check before they travel and leave more time for their journeys, while remembering the Government’s advice to continue to stay at home if they can.
“We urge all parties to sit down and talk through the issues to try and resolve them as soon as possible.”
Which routes are affected?
Unite’s regional officer for RATP, Michelle Braveboy, said: “The strike action planned for next week will go ahead at RATP, bringing serious disruption to services in the south, west and north of London.”
The total list of affected services are as follows:
The London United routes which will be affected between Monday February 22 and Wednesday February 24 are : 18, 33, 65, 70, 71, 72, 85, 94, 110, 111, 116, 148, 203, 216, 220, 223, 224, 265, 266, 281, 283, 371, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 613, 662, 665, 671, 681, 696, 697, 465, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266, C1, H22, H32, H37, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4 and K5
The Quality Line routes which will be affected are : 293, 404, 413, 463, 467, 470, 633, S1, S3
The London Sovereign routes which will be affected are: 79, 142, 183, 251, 258, 288, 303, 326, 395, 398, 642, N5, H9, H10, H11, H12, H14, H17, H18 and H19.
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