Transport for London has today issued contingency travel advice for tomorrow's strike.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said there was no reason for the bus strike to go ahead – having brokered a deal with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to provide an additional £8.3 million to allow the bus operators to reach settlements with the union. The two parties are now at the conciliation services ACAS discussing the issue.
TFL is advising 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.
TfL has put in place a number of measures to help people get around and to manage disruption. These include:
· London Buses staff and volunteers from across TfL will be on the streets and at key transport hubs across London to provide travel advice and distribute walking maps.
· TfL will operate a full service across the Tube network, with extra staff on hand to assist passengers.
· Full services will also be operated on the Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink and London Overground networks with additional staff deployed to assist passengers.
· Marshalled taxi ranks will operate at a number of key rail hubs including Victoria, St Pancras, Waterloo, Liverpool Street and London Bridge.
· A full service will also be operated by London River Services, which includes River Bus services that operate high frequency services between various key piers.
· During the course of the strike bus passes will be accepted on reasonable alternative routes on Tube, DLR, and London Overground – affected passengers should seek assistance from staff at the gate lines.
· TfL has also emailed around 1.5 million registered bus users advising them of the likely disruption and urging them to check before they travel.
· Additional distribution staff will work throughout Friday to ensure Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme docking stations are able to meet demand at key locations.
The Mayor has secured an additional £8.3 million from the ODA to enable the bus companies and the union to negotiate a settlement. All parts of Transport for London are working together with our partners to ensure that Londoners and visitors have alternative travel options and the necessary advice to enable them to get around. I would advise everybody to use other transport services, to consider walking and cycling for shorter journeys and to check before travelling at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/buses .”