Two planned strikes by bus drivers in London slated for the coming week have been called off.

Bus services in London shall run as normal on Friday and next Monday (February 16) following a "goodwill" gesture by the unions.

Unite planned strike action in a dispute over pay disparity among bus drivers in the capital city.

News the walkouts shall not now go ahead will bring relief to nearly seven million people who use the bus network.

Calling off the bus strike was called an "act of goodwill" by Unite, ahead of talks with bus operating companies.

"The ball is firmly in the court of London's bus companies," said union official Wayne King.

"They have a duty to London's 6.8 million bus passengers to join us in collective talks to end the pay inequality and pay chaos on London's buses.

He added: "A failure to do so will mean that strike action and the disruption caused by the last two strongly supported strikes will be back on the cards."