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London bus strikes in March 2024: everything you need to know

Eight days of strikes will hit services in southwest London over the coming weeks

Ed Cunningham
India Lawrence
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Ed Cunningham
India Lawrence

Thought London’s strikes were limited to our train network? Think again. Alongside the industrial action planned for the capital’s rail services later this month (read more about that here), more strikes have just been announced for London’s bus network. 

Several bus routes, primarily in southwest London, will be affected by strike action from control rooms workers employed by Abellio. The strikes follow six dates of action by the same workers in January and February, and will take place throughout March 2024 – here’s everything you need to know. 

When are the London bus strikes?

The strikes will take place on March 7, 8, 9, 17, 19, 22 and then from March 27 to 29

Strikes by the same workers also took place on January 19 and 26, as well as on and February 2, 9, 16 and 23. 

Which bus routes will be affected?

Quite a few routes are set to be disrupted, all based at Battersea and Twickenham bus garages. The most notable routes likely to be impacted are the 24, 27, 111, 156, 159, 267, 285, 322, 344, 345, 415 , 490, 969, H20, H25, H26, R68 and R70.

TfL says that these routes will be running on strike days, but that they will likely be busier than usual. 

Why are Abellio workers striking?

Workers are striking as part of an ongoing pay dispute. Abellio control room staff were offered a five percent pay rise for 2023, which the Unite union called a ‘substantial real-terms pay cut’.

Continuing, Unite said that workers for Abellio ‘already earn approximately £10,000 per year less than similar staff at other bus companies’. 

Are there other public transport strikes planned in London?

Yep, there most certainly are. Further strikes are set to take place on the London Overground on March 4-5. You can find out more about those strikes here

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