London bus strike: Which routes are affected and for how long?

Workers hope to see equal pay across the capital’s 18 bus operators

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London bus staff will stage one of three 24-hour strikes as part of an ongoing pay dispute on 5 February.

The Unite union announced the move last week and said that the walkouts would take place from 12.01am to 11:59pm on 5, 13 and 16 February. Transport for London is advising regular bus users to consider walking or cycling.

Workers hope to see equal pay across the capital’s 18 bus operators.

During a strike in January for the same reason where more than two thirds of the capital's buses came to a standstill, London regional officer for Unite said: "Passengers pay one fare to travel on London’s iconic red buses, yet there are over 80 different pay rates covering bus workers, many doing the same job or driving the same route but for different rates of pay.


"The blame for the disruption that strike action will cause sits squarely with London’s bus companies," he added. "They have repeatedly ignored our offers for collective talks and need to get their heads out of the sand and start negotiating meaningfully about ending pay inequality on London’s buses."

A union spokesman said that drivers’ pay can differ by £3 per hour, from £9.30 to £12.34. TfL says "levelling up" would cost £100m a year and lead to higher fares and cuts in services.

Bus companies affected

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 not affected

A number of bus routes are not affected by the strike and should 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

For more information visit the TFL website