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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Industrial action for London Bus services operated by Tower Transit

Route 25 is one of the routes affected.
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TFL have issued a press release in regards of the private bus operator Tower Transit striking.

Transport for London (TfL) has today issued advice to bus passengers ahead of planned strike action by members of the Unite union, who work for Tower Transit, which will affect bus services in east and central London on Monday 29 December and Monday 5 January. 
The strike is over a dispute between Unite and Tower Transit over bus driver pay and conditions. Only around 22 per cent of Tower Transit bus drivers voted for strike action. TfL is calling for Unite and Tower Transit to swiftly resolve the dispute so that passengers are not disrupted 
Tower Transit operates less than 5 per cent of bus services in London and services operated by other companies across the capital are unaffected and will operate a normal service.
Disruption
The two 24-hour strikes are likely to result in severe disruption on a number of bus routes, with some services not running. Some Tube services in London are expected to be busier than normal - so customers are being urged to allow a little more time to complete their journeys. 
The strike action on Monday 29 December will affect bus routes in east London including some routes which travel into central London. On Monday 5 January the same routes will be affected and in addition some bus routes in west London will also be affected. Bus services operated by other companies across the capital are unaffected and will operate a normal service. 
Mike Weston, TfL's Director of Buses, said: `I'd like to apologise to our customers in advance for any disruption they may face as a result of these strikes and would strongly advise them to check before they travel. We'll be issuing information from a range of channels and our teams will be working hard to make sure that this information is up to date.
`Bus drivers pay and conditions are a matter for Tower Transit and Unite to discuss, as it has been for the last 20 years, and we would urge them to seek a swift and fair resolution for the sake of our passengers.' 
Monday 29 December 2014
The strike action will take place between 00:01 and 23:59 on Monday 29 December - affecting services during the day on Monday and some services operating on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday 30 December. There are 13 bus routes affected that operate in east London, including some routes which travel into central London. 
Routes that are likely to be affected by the strike action are:
  • 25 (24 hour route) - Oxford Circus to Ilford
  • 26 - Waterloo to Hackney Wick
  • 30 - Hackney Wick to Marble Arch
  • 58 - East Ham to Walthamstow Central
  • 236 - Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick
  • 308 - Wanstead to Clapton
  • 339 - Leytonstone to Shadwell
  • 425 - Clapton to Stratford
  • N26 - Trafalgar Square to Chingford
  • N550 - Trafalgar Square to Canning Town
  • N551 - Piccadilly Circus to Galleons Reach
  • RV1 - Covent Garden to Tower Gateway
  • W14 - Leyton to Woodford Bright
  • W15 - Cogan Avenue Estate to Hackney Town Hall
Bus services operated by other companies across the capital are unaffected and will operate a normal service. 
Monday 5 January 2015
The strike action will take place between 00:01 and 23:59 on Monday 5 January - affecting services during the day on Monday and some services operating on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday 6 January. There are 23 bus routes affected that operate in east London, including some routes which travel into central London. 
Routes that are likely to be affected by the strike action are:
  • 23(24 hour route) - Liverpool Street to Westbourne Park
  • 25 (24 hour route) - Oxford Circus to Ilford
  • 26 - Waterloo to Hackney Wick
  • 28 - Kensal Rise to Wandsworth
  • 30 - Hackney Wick to Marble Arch
  • 31 - Camden Town to White City
  • 58 - East Ham to Walthamstow Central
  • 70 - Acton to South Kensington
  • 236 - Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick
  • 266 (24 hour route) - Brent Cross Shopping Centre to Hammersmith
  • 295 (24 hour route) - Ladbroke Grove to Clapham Junction
  • 308 - Wanstead to Clapton
  • 328 - Golders Green to Chelsea
  • 339 - Leytonstone to Shadwell
  • 425 - Clapton to Stratford
  • N26 - Trafalgar Square to Chingford
  • N28 - Camden Town to Wandsworth
  • N31 - Camden Town to Clapham Junction
  • N550 - Trafalgar Square to Canning Town
  • N551 - Piccadilly Circus to Galleons Reach
  • RV1 - Covent Garden to Tower Gateway
  • W14 - Leyton to Woodford Bright
  • W15 - Cogan Avenue Estate to Hackney Town Hall
Bus services operated by other companies across the capital are unaffected and will operate a normal service. 
We would encourage bus passengers in east London to check before they travel at www.tfl.gov.uk. Passengers will also be kept informed of the status of their services in a range of ways, including:
  • Passengers can also check for bus arrival times using the Countdown next bus arrival service online, on their mobile devices at tfl.gov.uk or via our SMS text service;
  • A range of easily available Apps for handheld devices now use TfL's live bus information;
  • Travel alerts will be provided through Twitter on @TfLOfficial and @TfLBusAlerts - look out for #BusStrike
  • TfL will also be providing information to radio and television broadcasts for use in news bulletins;
  • TfL will also have a number of additional staff across the network and at key locations to provide advice to passengers.
Where services are disrupted TfL urges passengers to use other transport options, or to walk or cycle where possible. The average bus journey is around 2.2 miles so many of these journeys could be made in this way.

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