Bus Strikes Set to Disrupt Services Through January

Drivers working for Abellio resume industrial action

Abellio buses. Picture: Unite

Another round of bus strikes by drivers employed by Abellio is continuing through January.

The dispute over pay which saw 13 ten days of disruption at the end of last year carries on for eight days in January.

The remain strike days will take place on 19, 25 and 26 January.

The routes affected are mainly in south west and west London. The bus drivers are based at garages in Battersea, Beddington, Hayes, Southall, Twickenham and Walworth. A list of the 59 routes likely to be affected is given in the table below.

In the first round of strikes, nearly 1,000 drivers participated but trade union Unite says its membership has soared since then and it expects as many as twice the number of drivers to take part in the action.

Abellio London says that it has offered a 12% pay increase with no conditions which would bring an experienced driver’s salary up to around £40,000.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, "Abellio is content to hoard mountains of cash but has imposed a completely unacceptable pay offer on its drivers.

"It is disgraceful behaviour and our members are rightly furious. Unite always fights to defend and improve members' jobs, pay and conditions and Abellio's south and west London workforce have their union's unflinching support."

Unite threatened further strikes would be scheduled if the dispute was not resolved. A strike action by bus drivers at another company supplying services to London, Metroline, was called off after an improved pay offer was accepted.

Abellio London’s managing director Jon Eardley, said he was disappointed by strikes and claimed that the company offers one of the highest rates in London for new bus drivers.

He added, "We urge Unite to recognise Abellio's 12% pay deal and encourage their members to resume normal services.

"The Abellio pay deal comes with no conditions and sees bus driver basic pay rise by an average of £100 per week and over £5,000 per year, bringing an established bus driver's salary to around £40,000 per year."

Louise Cheeseman, Director of Buses at TfL, said, ‘‘We apologise for any disruption caused to Londoners. There still will be options for people to travel in west and south London, but other routes may be busier than normal. We're encouraging everyone in these areas to plan ahead, check before they travel and leave more time for their journeys, especially over the Christmas and New Year period. Our free TfL Go app and website are really easy ways to check your travel.’’

Routes Operated by Abellio




Crystal Palace - West Dulwich - Brixton - Kennington - Westminster - Trafalgar Square


Hampstead Heath - Camden Town - Tottenham Court Road - Westminster - Victoria - Pimlico


Hammersmith - Kensington - Paddington - Camden Town - Chalk Farm


Clapham Park - Brixton Hill - Brixton - Camberwell - Walworth - Elephant & Castle


Honor Oak - Peckham - Trafalgar Avenue - Elephant & Castle - Blackfriars - King's Cross


West Norwood - Herne Hill - Camberwell - Walworth - Elephant & Castle - Waterloo - Aldwych - Holborn - Euston


Croydon - Norbury - Streatham - Brixton


Heathrow Airport Central - Cranford - Heston - Hounslow - Hanworth - Hampton - Hampton Court - Kingston


New Addington – Addington – Shirley Park – Norwood Junction – Thornton Heath


Wimbledon - Southfields - Wandsworth - Clapham Junction - Queenstown Road - Vauxhall


Streatham – Brixton – Kennington – Westminster – Oxford Circus


Charville Lane - Wood End - Hayes - Bulls Bridge - Southall - Ealing Hospital - Hanwell - Boston Manor - Brentford


Norwood Junction – West Norwood – Herne Hill – Brixton – Stockwell – Vauxhall – Elephant & Castle


Morden - Mitcham Road - Mitcham - Streatham - Streatham Hill - Tulse Hill Station - Thurlow Park Road - Herne Hill


Hayes By-Pass - Hanwell - Ealing - Acton - Shepherd's Bush - White City


Fulwell - Twickenham - Isleworth - Brentford - Turnham Green - Hammersmith


Mitcham - Tooting - Earlsfield - Wandsworth - Putney Bridge


Ruislip - Ickenham - Hillingdon - Hayes End - Wood End - Hayes - Harlington - Heathrow Central


Heathrow Airport Central - Hatton Cross - Feltham - Uxbridge Road - Hampton Hill - Teddington - Kingston


West Norwood Station - York Hill - Gleneldon Road - Streatham - Bedford Hill - Balham


Crystal Palace - Gipsy Hill - West Dulwich - West Norwood - Herne Hill - Railton Road - Brixton - Clapham Common


Clapham Junction - Battersea - Vauxhall - Lambeth - Elephant & Castle - Southwark Bridge - Liverpool Street Station


Peckham - Camberwell - Brixton - Stockwell - Clapham Common - Clapham Junction - Battersea - South Kensington


Hayes and Harlington Station - Heathrow Terminal 5 via Stockley Park, West Drayton and Harmondsworth


Bromley - Shortlands - Beckenham - Elmers End - Shirley Oaks - Addiscombe - West Croydon


Waterloo (County Hall) - Peckham Bus Station via London Bridge, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe


Caterham - Whyteleafe - Purley - South Croydon - Croydon - Waddon - Wallington Green - Carshalton - Sutton


Tulse Hill • Brixton • Kennington • Elephant & Castle • Old Kent Road, Tesco


Uxbridge - Ealing Hospital - Ealing Broadway - Acton


Addington Interchange - Forestdale - Selsdon Vale - Selsdon - Croham Valley - Croydon


Tatsfield Village / Old Ship - New Addington Tram Stop


Southall – Convent Way – Hounslow West – Hatton Cross – Heathrow (Terminal 4) – Heathrow (Terminal 5)


Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 - Heathrow Airport Cargo Area - Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 - Hatton Cross - Feltham - Staines Road - Twickenham - Richmond - Richmond Pools on the Park


Gladstone Avenue Whitton - Roehampton Vale / Asda


Canada Water – Rotherhithe – Bermondsey – Elephant & Castle – Lambeth Bridge – Pimlico – Victoria


Southall, Toplocks Estate – Perivale, Tesco


Ruislip Station – Earling Broadway, Haven Greem


Islip Manor - Northolt - Smith's Farm - Ferrymead - Greenford - Castlebar Hill - Ealing


Greenford - Elthorne Heights - Castle Bar Park - West Ealing - Ealing - Warwick Drive


Hounslow - Ivybridge via Worton Road


Hatton Cross - Butts Farm via Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth


Hatton Cross - Sparrow Farm via Bedfont, Bedfont Lakes and Feltham


Bulls Bridge - Osterley (Tesco) via Heston, Hounslow and Spring Grove


Nine Elms Patmore Estate - Lansdowne Way - Stockwell - Clapham North - Bedford Road - Brixton - Loughborough Park - Myatts Fields - Brandon Estate - Walworth - Elephant & Castle


Streatham - Downton Avenue - Tulse Hill Station - Dulwich Common - Underhill Road - East Dulwich Sainsbury's - Avondale Rise - Peckham - New Cross Gate Sainsbury's


Kew Retail Park - Hampton Court via Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington


Richmond - Hampton (Nurserylands) via Twickenham, Hampton Hill and Hanworth


Roundshaw - Woodcote Green - Wallington - Belmont - Sutton - Benhilton - St Helier


Hayes - Stockley Park - Stockley Estate - West Drayton - Falling Lane - Colham Green - Pield Heath - Cowley - Uxbridge


Uxbridge - Hayes Retail Park via Brunel University, Hillingdon Hospital and Charville Lane


Uxbridge Station - Harefield Hospital via Harefield

Night Services





Oxford Circus - Bromley via Westminster, Brixton, Crystal Palace and Beckenham



Hampstead Heath - Camden Town - Tottenham Court Road - Westminster - Victoria - Pimlico



Hammersmith - Kensington - Paddington - Camden Town - Chalk Farm



Crystal Palace - Honor Oak - Peckham - Trafalgar Avenue - Elephant & Castle - Blackfriars - King's Cross



Old Coulsdon – Purley – Croydon – Thornton Heath – West Norwood – Herne Hill – Camberwell – Elephant & Castle – Waterloo – Holborn – Tottenham Court Road Station



Croydon - Norbury - Streatham - Brixton - Kennington - Westminster - Oxford Circus



Heathrow Airport Central - Cranford - Heston - Hounslow - Hanworth - Hampton - Hampton Court - Kingston



Streatham – Brixton – Kennington – Westminster – Oxford Circus



Uxbridge - Hayes End - Southall - Hanwell - Ealing - Acton - Shepherd's Bush - Oxford Circus - Holborn



Liverpool Street - Clapham Junction via Southwark, Elephant & Castle, Vauxhall and Battersea Park



Peckham Bus Station – South Kensington Station



Trafalgar Square - Peckham via Waterloo, London Bridge, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe


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January 19, 2023