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There's going to be two bus strikes this weekend (including bank holiday Monday)

By Hayley Spencer

Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but if you've got a big bank holiday weekend lined up you may need to rethink your travel plans, as bus drivers are planning to strike on Friday and again on bank holiday Monday.

A row over rosters means that members of the Unite union at bus operator Tower Transit will strike for the two 24-hour periods. A thousand drivers and engineers will participate meaning 28 routes will be affected, including 20 day routes and eight8 night buses. 

Even worse news: it's expected to affect routes to Carnival on Monday. Tower Transit has said that the second strike 'would be disrupting Notting Hill carnival-goers planning to travel by bus.'

The bus operator group says that the strikes are unavoidable as drivers have reached 'breaking point' due to poor communication from management which has left them 'out of pocket and rearranging their family lives.'

However, there is hope that normal service could resume – TfL's director of buses, Mike Weston, says they are working hard to prevent the strikes by 'encouraging Tower Transit and Unite to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible to avoid disruption to passengers' journeys.'

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