Bus strike had 'solid support'

London bus workers went ahead with a strike yesterday in a dispute over a bonus payment for the Olympics, causing travel disruption across the capital.

Unite said support for the 24-hour stoppage among its members at 17 bus companies was "solid", with picket lines mounted outside depots across London.

Transport for London said more than a third of bus services were operating.

Hopes had been raised that the strike could be averted after the Mayor, Boris Johnson, announced £8.3million was available for bus companies to pay a bonus, but talks ended without agreement.