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London bus drivers to strike next Monday with transport across South London disrupted

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London bus drivers will go on strike next week after rejecting a pay offer from Arriva. The strikes will take place on Monday, and will involve drivers based around Croydon, Norwood and Thornton Heath.

The drivers going on strike are members of Unite who are employed by Arriva. Unite said Arriva initially offered workers a pay deal of 1.5 per cent, which the union said was a real-term pay cut as inflation climbs to 8.2 per cent. The union said the company belatedly improved the offer but it still failed to meet members’ expectations.

The drivers were due to stage a 24-hour walkout last week, but following last-minute negotiations this was suspended to allow the workers to be balloted over the offer. At the time, Unite said that if the bus drivers rejected the pay offer, a 48-hour stoppage scheduled to begin on March 28 will go ahead.

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Londoners should plan their journeys as buses will be disrupted

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Arriva’s bus drivers are fed up with being taken for granted. This is a profitable business that can well afford fair wages – it needs to get real on the pay offer to our members. Our members at Arriva will have the union’s total support until the company makes a fair offer and this dispute is resolved.”

Unite said that is there is no imminent breakthrough in the dispute then further industrial action will be announced.

The depots affected operate services across South and Central London, and while the full list of routes hit by the strike has not been revealed, MyLondon has been told passengers should expect every bus route that operates out of any of the depots to be impacted.

List of all bus routes

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 Hospital

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.

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