Bus passengers in North London may face severe disruption next month as strike action looms.

Over 1,400 bus drivers in North London are voting on strike action which could seriously disrupt journeys.

The ballot closes on Friday August 26 and, if the workers vote in favour of industrial action, it will begin in September.

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Unite regional officer John Murphy said: “Unite’s members have been left with no alternative but to ballot for industrial action.

“Arriva should come back to the table now, armed with a decent offer.”

The industrial action affects bus drivers based at Arriva’s Ash Grove, Barking, Clapton, Edmonton, Enfield, Palmers Green, Tottenham, and Wood Green bus garages.

An Arriva spokesperson said: “We are extremely disappointed to see this action from Unite when discussions are still in their infancy and no pay offers have yet been discussed.

“Unite knows we have scheduled a meeting later this month, so to ballot for strike action in advance of that meeting taking place goes against the spirit of engagement that we are committed to.”