First Bus Manchester to operate reduced service today due to industrial action from drivers- full list of changes

Strikes by Unite Members at First Bus Manchester are set to take place this week and into August

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First Bus Manchester has announced they will operate some limited services around the region this week. The restricted services will run on days where planned strike action will take place. 

The first of these days is July 24, with the action set to take place on days in the remainder of July and into August. Strikes are also due to take place on July 25, 28 and 31 and continue on August 2, 4, 7, 10 and 11.

From Monday July 24 the following routes will be running:

  • - 409 every 15 mins

  • - 82 every hour

  • - 425 every 30 mins

  • - 426 every 60 mins

A flat fare of £2 for adults and £1 for children will be charged.he Vantage service from Bolton along the guided busway through Leigh and Atherton to Manchester and 184 service between Oldham-Huddersfield are not affected by industrial action.

Customers are advised to check in on the First Bus Manchester website for the latest information. 

Ian Humphreys, Managing Director of First Manchester, said: “We have been in discussions about pay since February and amended our ‘no strings’ offer to bring forward a further increase in pay to this October and this was rejected. This would have made our drivers some of the best-paid in the region.

“Announcing further strike dates is not the way to get this situation resolved. Continued industrial action will be damaging to everyone and cause yet more severe disruption to the daily lives of our customers who rely on the bus to get to work, education and for appointments.”