Two bus strikes are taking place over the bank holiday weekend, which may disrupt revellers travelling to the Notting Hill Carnival and other big events planned. Unite members from Tower Transit will stage two 24-hour strikes on Friday 26 and Monday 29 August, which will likely affect a number of bus routes in east and west London, including some routes into the centre of the capital.
All London Underground lines will be running over the bank holiday weekend, but there will be part closures on the London Overground and Transport for London Rail lines.
When do the strike start?
The strike began at 00:01 this morning and will continue until 23:59 on Friday 26 August. It is affecting services during the day and will affect night buses on Friday night into the early hours of Saturday 27 August.
A second strike will take place on Monday 29 August, starting at 00:01 and finishing at 23:59. It will affect services during the day on Monday and night bus services operating on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday 30 August.
Which routes are affected?
Out of London's 700 bus routes there are 20 day bus routes and eight night bus routes operated by Tower Transit. Day routes that are likely to be affected by the strike are:
- 23 - Liverpool Street to Westbourne Park
- 25 - Ilford to Oxford Circus
- 28 - Kensal Rise to Wandsworth
- 30 - Hackney Wick to Marble Arch
- 31 - Camden Town to White City
- 58 - East Ham to Walthamstow Central
- 69 - Walthamstow Central to Canning Town
- 70 - Chiswick Business Park to South Kensington
- 212 - Walthamstow to St James Chingford
- 236 - Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick
- 266 - Brent Cross to Hammersmith
- 308 - Wanstead to Clapton
- 328 - Golders Green to Chelsea
- 339 - Leytonstone to Shadwell
- 425 - Clapton to Stratford
- 444 - Turnpike Lane to Chingford
- 488 - Bromley-by-Bow to Dalston
- RV1 - Covent Garden to Tower Gateway
- W14 - Leyton to Woodford Bridge
- W15 - Cogan Avenue Estate to Hackney Town Hall
Night bus routes that are likely to be affected by the strike are:
- N28 - Camden Town to Wandsworth
- N31 - Camden Town to Clapham
- N97 - Trafalgar Square to Hammersmith
- N550 - Trafalgar Square to Canning Town
- N551 - Piccadilly Circus to Gallions Reach
Are train services to airports running as normal?
Heathrow Express: Services will run as normal on the Saturday and Monday, but there will be some disruption to the Sunday service.
Because of engineering works, the 05:10, 05:25, 05:40, 05:55, 06:10 from London Paddington and 05:03, 05:18, 05:33, 05:48, 06:03 from Heathrow Terminal 5 will not run on Sunday.
Heathrow Connect: Services will run as normal on the Saturday and Monday, but there will be some disrupted to the Sunday service.
Because of engineering works, the 05:12, 05:28 from London Paddington and 06:07 from Heathrow Terminal 4 will not run, the 06:12 now departs London Paddington at 06:27 on Sunday.
A normal service will run on Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the Gatwick Express.