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All the information about the London Christmas bus strikes

1,000 bus drivers in the capital will walk out in December

India Lawrence
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India Lawrence

Some dubbed summer 2022 the ‘summer of discontent’, and it looks like it’s going to be spilling over into the winter: there are even more public-transport strikes. London bus drivers are currently taking part in industrial action over the Christmas period. Almost 1,000 Unite Members who work for Abellio in south and west London are striking this December, affecting 59 bus routes. 

What dates are the London bus strikes?

The remaining strike days in December are 9, 10, 16 and 17. 

Which bus routes will be affected?

The action will primarily affect buses in south and west London. Striking workers will be from depots in Battersea, Beddington, Hayes, Southall, Twickenham and Walworth.

These are the 59 affected routes:

3, 24 27, 45, 63, 68, 109, 111, 130, 156, 159, 195, 196, 201, 207, 267, 270, 278, 285, 315, 322, 344, 345, 350, 367, 381, 407, 415, 427, 433, 464, 482, 490, 671, 969, C10, E5, E7, E10, E11, H20, H25, H26, H28, P5, P13, R68, R70, S4, U5, U7, U9, N3, N27, N63, N68, N109, N207 and N381.

Which bus strikes have been called off?

Some of the bus strikes have been called off. Members of Unite employed by Metroline were due to strike this month, affecting bus routes in north and west London, but it has been cancelled since staff agreed on a new pay offer.

These 73 bus routes will now be running as normal: 4, 6, 7, 16, 17, 30, 32, 43, 46, 52, 81, 83, 90, 91, 98, 107, 112, 113, 120, 134, 139, 140, 143, 168, 182, 186, 189, 190, 204, 210, 231, 234, 237, 240, 245, 263, 260, 268, 271, 274, 292, 297, 302, 306, 307, 316, 317, 324, 328, 332, 382, 384, 390, 393, 460, 483, 491, C11, E2, E8, H2, H3, W7, W8, N7, N16, N20, N31, N83, N91, N98, N113, N140.

Why are bus workers striking and what have the unions said?

It’s a dispute over pay: because of the huge inflation and rise in living costs at the moment, many London workers are facing real-term pay cuts. The union has said that Abellio hasn’t offered its drivers a fair pay rise, despite pay rises being due to take place in January. 

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘Abellio is a vastly wealthy multinational company that could and should be paying its workers a fair pay increase. With workers struggling to cope with rampant inflation, Abellio’s failure to even enter into meaningful pay talks is cold-hearted and callous.

‘Unite is now entirely focused on defending and enhancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and the bus drivers at Abellio will be receiving the union’s complete support.’

Are there any other London public transport strikes planned?

The RMT Union has announced a new slew of strikes over the festive period in December 2022 and January 2023. The dates are December 13, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25, 26, 27 and January 3, 4, 6 and 7. The union also issued an overtime ban for its members across the railway network from December 18 to January 2, meaning a total of four weeks of disruption. 

So far, these train lines have confirmed that they will be taking part:

Great Western Railway, Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway, LNER, Greater Anglia, Cross Country Trains, South Western, West Midlands Railway, Northern, GTR (including Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express), Southeastern, c2c. 

Affecting trains coming in and out of London, this is likely to scupper a lot of people's travel plans for Christmas, so please make sure to plan ahead. 

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