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Bus strike over - according to Arriva

Striking bus staff Credit: ITV Granada

Arriva North West say that bus drivers have accepted a deal which ends the ongoing strike action..

Drivers have staged a number of walk outs over pay.

Tonight management have announced that all strikes have been cancelled after union members accepted a two year wage agreement

Arriva North West says unions will ballot drivers and engineers over the deal early next week.

Members of the GMB and Unison had announced a series of strikes across the region in the weeks before Christmas.

“Arriva North West is delighted that our latest offer of a two year pay agreement has been accepted by our drivers. Throughout this dispute we have maintained that talks and compromise on both sides are the only way to find a resolution. This new agreement means our passengers no longer face the prospect of disruption in the run up to Christmas.

We hold our drivers in the highest regard and this pay offer is a demonstration of our commitment to invest in our workforce. We apologise to our passengers for the disruption over recent weeks and are delighted we can now return to delivering the best possible service to our passengers and the local economy."

– Phil Stone, Managing Director, Arriva North West

Snow and hail causes disruption across IoM

Outer Douglas in a blanket of snow. Credit: Antony Jaggard

Police on the Isle of Man are urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

It comes after Storm Caroline hit the island in the early hours of this morning.

The west of the island was affected most with power cuts throughout Crosby, Baldwin and Mount Rule - energy has since been restored.

Numerous roads including the Mountain Road, Richmond Hill, and the main Castletown Road are all closed from the Cooil roundabout through to Mount Murray.

All schools are closed and Nobles Hospital outpatient clinics are shut with only emergency services available.

Police are urging people to check for updates on their Facebook page.

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IoM sailings likely to be disrupted tomorrow

Credit: IOM Steam Packet Co.

Ferry services to and from the Isle of Man are likely to be cancelled on Thursday.

Storm Caroline has meant sailings from Douglas to Heysham at 8:45 and the Heysham to Douglas at 14:15 are likely to be disrupted.

The Steam Packet will make a final decision will be taken at 7:00 tomorrow morning.

Its Reservations Team can be contacted on 661661 (IOM), 08722 992 992 (UK) / 0044 8722 992 992 (ROI & Outside UK)

For information about the latest sailings and announcements, visit the IOM Steam Packet website.

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Police warning over Isle of Man flooding

Warnings have been issued via social media by the IOM Constabulary. Credit: IOM Constabulary, Facebook

Heavy rainfall has caused major flooding on numerous roads on the Isle of Man.

The Department of Infrastructure, fire service, police and civil defence are working in the following areas:

  • Union Mills, Main Road
  • Glen Vine, Main Road
  • Ballawhetstone
  • Kirk Michael, Main Road
  • Raggatt
  • Ballanard Road, Douglas
  • Colby, Main Road
  • Little Mill Road, Onchan

The Mountain Road is completely closed and the junctions between the Liverpool Arms to Groudle Road and Lower Foxdale – Mines Road to the Hope.

In light of the forecast of continuous heavy rain, the public are requested to avoid all but essential journeys on our roads. Many roads are becoming impassable and we would be grateful if the public could assist us by keeping what roads are passable clear for the emergency services. Thankyou.

– IOM Constabulary

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A man from Liverpool who's registered-blind has told Granada News he was forced to sit on the floor of a Virgin train with his guide dog for nearly three hours.

Roger Debman claims a conductor refused to find a seat for him and his dog Nevin.

Tim Scott went to meet him.

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