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Thursday, 10 September 2009

First Buses strike action - 11th & 14th Sep

Passengers warned of service disruptions

Passengers in the west and north of Greater Manchester are being warned of significant disruptions to First Bus services on Friday and Monday, due to industrial action.

The union for First Bus drivers has announced strikes for tomorrow and Monday, 11 and 14 September, which will affect services operating from depots in Bolton, Bury and Wigan.

GMPTE is advising passengers to explore alternative travel options on these two days and to expect demand on services provided by other operators, as well as on trains and trams, to be significantly greater.

Michael Renshaw, GMPTE's Interim Bus & Rail, said: "We are disappointed that an agreement could not be reached and that passengers are going to be affected by this industrial action.
"Passengers are advised to check what services will not be running tomorrow and Monday in the districts affected, and the details of any additional services other bus companies intend to run.

"They should allow extra time for their journeys, as there will be greater demand for other services and there is also likely to be more traffic on the roads.

"We will have staff on hand across the network to advise, we will be putting up notices on affected bus stops and stations, and details will also be available from our website. People can also call our Traveline phone service on 0871 200 22 33 for the latest information."

Dedicated school services will not be affected. Details of which First services will not run, together with - where appropriate - services that will be provided by alternative operators, will be available from http://www.gmpte.com/.

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