Bus strikes set to cause travel chaos in London over 'pathetic' pay

18 March 2022, 08:54 | Updated: 18 March 2022, 11:36

Bus strikes could take place from next Monday.
Bus strikes could take place from next Monday. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

Bus strikes are set to cause travel chaos in London over the "pathetic" pay offered to Arriva drivers.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Up to 36 services could be affected by action in south London - particularly in Croydon, Thornton Heath, Streatham, Brixton and small parts of Surrey - which will be spread across 48 hours later in the month if it goes ahead.

A first strike was initially planned to affect services all day on Monday 21 March and into the early hours of Tuesday 22 March.

It has since been confirmed that the strike has been suspended, with buses expected to run as normal all day on March 21 and 22.

However, action is still scheduled to go ahead the following week, affecting services all day on Monday 28 March and through to the early hours of Wednesday 30 March.

A full list of affected routes can be found at the bottom of this page.

Read more: P&O Ferries 'sack all staff and replace with foreign labour'

Read more: 'Is that mummy?' Nazanin's tearful reunion with family after 6 year hell in Iranian jail

It is possible that affected bus routes will have no service during the strikes and other local buses will be busier than normal due to customers seeking alternative routes, Transport for London (TfL) added.

Travellers have been asked to plan ahead and check before they travel, if they plan on using a bus route in south London.

Alternatively, other modes of transport such as Trams, London Overground or National Rail services will still be available to complete journeys. They can also walk or cycle where possible to complete local journeys.

Speaking about the strike earlier in the month, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "Arriva's pay offer is pathetic and it is an insult to bus drivers who continued to work throughout the pandemic risking their health to ensure London could continue to function.

"Our bus drivers at Arriva will have Unite’s full support until the company makes a realistic pay offer and this dispute is resolved."

The union warned that further industrial action will be announced if there is still no breakthrough in the dispute.

Which routes will be affected?

Route 2- West Norwood to Marylebone Station

Route 468- South Croydon to Elephant & Castle

Route 137- Brixton Garage to Marble Arch

Route 202- Crystal Palace to Blackheath

Route 450- Crystal Palace to West Croydon Station

Route 249- Anerley Station to Clapham Common

Route 417- Crystal Palace to Clapham Common

Route N2- Crystal Palace to Marylebone

Route N137- Crystal Palace to Oxford Circus

59 Brixton garage to Euston station

133 Streatham hub to Liverpool St station

333 tooting Broadway to elephant and castle

319 Brixton garage to Sloane square

50 Stockwell station to Croydon Fairfield halls

137 Brixton garage to marble arch

60 Streatham to Old Coulsdon

166 West Croydon to Banstead ( 1 p/h extends to Epsom )

194 West Croydon to Lower Sydenham

264 West Croydon to Tooting St. Georges Hosp

312 South Croydon to Norwood Junction

405 Croydon Town Centre to Redhill

412 Croydon Town Centre to Purley

466 Addington Village to Caterham on the Hill

All routes from Thornton Heath Garage - 64, 198, 250, 255, 289, 689, N250 and 410.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

River Seine

Macron says Olympic ceremony on Seine could be scrapped if security risk is high

Police were called to the Victoria Road area on Friday night

15-year-old boy arrested and charged after death of 70-year-old man

Three people have died and two others injured in the crash at Staples Corner

Three men dead and two injured after horror car crash at London retail park

David Cameron tells LBC using RAF jets to shoot down Russian drones over Ukraine would lead to a 'dangerous escalation' in the conflict.

Nick Ferrari puts David Cameron on the spot: 'Why can't the RAF shoot down drones over Ukraine like they do Israel?'

A man carries a bike through floodwater

58 killed by flooding over two weeks in Tanzania

EuroMillions winner Adrian Bayford

EuroMillions winner Adrian Bayford makes clever business move that could earn him even more money

The family moved from Bedfordshire to Portugal in 2016

British family who moved to Portugal return to UK after locals 'killed their pets' and sent them death threats

Ukrainian soldiers

More civilians die in Ukraine as analysts warn over US aid delays

Lord Cameron has described Iran’s strike on Israel as a “double defeat”

Lord Cameron urges Israel to ‘take the win,' don't retaliate and focus on defeating Hamas after Iran’s ‘double defeat’

Rishi Sunak Welcomes Rwandan President Paul Kagame To Downing Street

Sunak wants to deport migrants to Armenia, Costa Rica and Botswana in a bid to replicate Rwanda scheme

Brits are up in arms over the new daily charge

'They would be begging us to come back': Brits vow to ‘boycott Spain’ over new £97 daily rule

Indonesia Landslide

Landslides hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, killing at least 18 people

The English rock bank performed at Coachella on Sunday

‘You’re never seeing us again’: Blur’s lead singer blasts ‘disgraceful’ Coachella crowd and vows not to return again

Five of the six victims from the stabbing have been named.

‘Obvious’ Sydney attacker targeted women, Australian police say, as sixth victim named

The Israeli Iron Dome air defence system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the Middle East is 'on the brink'

'The Middle East is on the brink,' UN chief warns, as Israel approves plan of attack after huge Iranian onslaught