Bus drivers in Watford, Barnet and Harrow to strike today

Bus passengers face disruption this week due to a strike by drivers in disputes over pay and situations.

Greater than 2,000 members of the Unite union who’re employed by French-owned RATP will take motion from right now (February 22).

Amongst these putting are staff at London Sovereign, which runs a few providers in Watford and Bushey, in addition to throughout Harrow and Barnet.

Routes 142 and 258 run between Watford Junction and north London, and Transport for London says passengers on these routes ought to examine earlier than they journey.

Unite members at London Sovereign will stroll out right now, and once more on March 3.

Transport for London says the next providers run by London Sovereign will probably be affected: 79, 142, 183, 251, 258, 288, 303, 326, 395, 398, 642, N5, H9, H10, H11, H12, H14, H17, H18 and H19.

Unite officer Michelle Braveboy mentioned the strikes will trigger “critical disruption” to providers, including that phrases and situations are being “attacked”, with some drivers dealing with a pay minimize of £2,500 a 12 months.

She mentioned: “Our members don’t have any choice aside from to battle again towards these assaults, whereas recognising the disruption prompted.

“They’re reluctant to take strike motion at a time of nationwide emergency, however really feel they’ve been pushed towards the wall.”

Transport for London (TfL) mentioned industrial motion will solely have an effect on a small proportion of the capital’s buses, with 59 day routes, six 24-hour routes, six evening routes and 9 faculty routes – primarily in south-west London – anticipated to be hit.

TfL mentioned it’s going to guarantee as many bus providers run as doable however clients in west, south-west and north-west London and components of Surrey and Hertfordshire are suggested to examine earlier than they journey from Monday.

Claire Mann, director of Bus Operations at TfL, mentioned: “Clients ought to examine earlier than they journey and go away extra time for his or her journeys, whereas remembering the Authorities’s recommendation to proceed to remain at house if they’ll.

“We urge all events to take a seat down and discuss by way of the problems to attempt to resolve them as quickly as doable.”

RATP operates a complete of three subsidiaries throughout the London bus community – London Sovereign, in addition to London United and High quality Line.

Staff at London United, which gives bus providers in south and west London, will strike for 3 days from Monday, whereas these at High quality Line, primarily based at a depot in Epsom, Surrey, will take motion on Monday and Tuesday.

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