Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is asking Londoners to respect a minute’s silence which will be held across the London bus network, following the Orpington bus crash which occurred yesterday (Thursday 31 October) leaving one person dead and 15 others injured.

The deceased was bus driver Kenneth Matcham a member of Unite, the other bus driver is understood to have sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The minute’s silence will be held on Monday 4 November at 11:00 across the London bus network. Wherever, possible Unite is seeking to ensure that buses are stationary at this time, so that drivers can properly observe the minute’s silence.

Unite regional officer with responsibility for London buses, John Murphy said: “This was a dreadful tragedy and our thoughts are with Mr Matcham’s family at this terrible time.

“Unite requests that Londoners join with bus drivers across the capital in observing the minute’s silence in memory of Mr Matcham.

“Unite will be working with Mr Matcham’s employer and Transport for London to ensure that his family receive all the assistance and support they need immediately and in the future.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 07802 329235 or 0203 371 2067. Email: [email protected]

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.