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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

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.

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