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Arriva North West bus drivers walk out over pay

No Arriva bus services will run in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or parts of Cheshire today. Credit: PA Images

No Arriva bus services will run in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or parts of Cheshire today because more than 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff at Arriva North West have walked out in the first of three one-day strikes.

Arriva Buses Wales services that run through Cheshire will operate as normal. A number of services from the Chester depot will also run as normal. They are the 1, 1A, 15, 15A, DB1, DB2, DB4, 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 10, 10A, 82 and services coming into Chester from Wrexham and Rhyl.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions have taken industrial action in an ongoing row over pay. They will also strike on Monday 23 October and Monday 30 October.

Bus depots in Birkenhead, Bolton, Bootle, Macclesfield, Runcorn, St Helens, Speke, Southport, Winsford and Wythenshaw are all affected.

Unite said talks over pay had broken down.


Elderly woman injured on Preston bus last week dies

An 85-year-old woman who fell over on a bus in Preston last week has died.

The woman had been travelling on a bus on Sharoe Green Lane around 1.30pm on Wednesday June 3rd.

It's thought she fell over backwards, striking her head on a step at the back of the bus when it re-started after giving way at a zebra crossing.

She died during the early hours of the morning at Royal Preston Hospital.

Police are still trying to locate witnesses who were travelling on the bus when the woman was injured.

Anyone with information can call contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference 731 of June 3rd.

Driver found dead on board bus

A driver has been found dead on board his bus in Wigan.

Police say they were called to Lockett Road in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, at around 7pm last night. The 50-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no passengers on board.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been launched and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have also been informed.

Wirral bus firm ceases trading overnight

More than sixty drivers at a bus company in Wirral, are wondering how they'll pay their bills tonight. They turned up at work this morning to find their depot gates locked, and they claim the wages stopped - after the firm ceased trading.

Some say they'd been offered jobs elsewhere recently but the directors persuaded them to stay.

Staff were close to tears when they learnt they weren't being paid. Our correspondent Elaine Willcox has the story:


BREAKING: Six taken to hospital after bus hits bridge

The bus, minus its roof, after the crash Credit: Richard Garratt

Six people have been taken to hospital, after a double decker bus hit a railway bridge - ripping off its roof.

Emergency crews were called to the crash on George's Rd, Stockport at 1.39pm.

Firefighters rescued three women and three men from the wreckage.

One witness told Granada Reports that he saw a girl being treated within what remained of the top deck of the bus.

Woman, 81, critical after bus collision in Manchester

A woman, who is believed to be 81, is in a critical condition after a collision in Manchester city centre involving a bus.

It happened just before 3pm today in Piccadilly Gardens.

The woman suffered serious injuries to her right leg as well as an injury to her head. She was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Police say they fear the injuries may be life-threatening.