Nearly 1,000 Bus Drivers Striking for Ten Days

Employees of Abellio taking industrial action in pay dispute

Abellio buses. Picture: Unite


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Nearly 1,000 bus drivers employed by Abellio are planning to strike for ten days before the end of the year in a dispute over pay.

The company has depots across west and south west London and many local routes will be affected by the strikes which, on some days are likely to coincide with industrial action on other forms of public transport.

Industrial action will begin on Tuesday 22 November and drivers will also strike on the 25, 26 of this month. They will be followed by further strikes on 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December.

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

Their union, Unite, says that the dispute is a result of the company failing to enter into meaningful pay talks despite an earlier commitment to do so. Workers’ pay is due to increase from January 2023, but Unite says Abellio has failed even to make an initial pay offer.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Abellio is a vastly wealthy multinational company that could and should be paying its workers a fair pay increase. With workers struggling to cope with rampant inflation, Abellio’s failure to even enter into meaningful pay talks is cold-hearted and callous.

“Unite is now entirely focused on defending and enhancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and the bus drivers at Abellio will be receiving the union’s complete support.”

The union claims that the company is paying among the lowest rates for bus drivers in London, which is creating a severe retention crisis. Unite further alleges that the company is only managing to maintain its schedules due to a huge reliance on overtime, making its operations unsustainable.

Unite regional officer Guy Langston: “The strike action will cause widespread disruption across the London bus network, most notably in South and West London, but this dispute is entirely of Abellio’s own making. It has had every opportunity to enter into meaningful pay negotiations, but it has chosen not to do so.”

“The delay in offering a pay increase is causing extreme distress to the workers who are increasingly struggling to make ends meet and pay even for the basics.”

A response has been requested from Abellio.

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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November 11, 2022