Check jour­ney plans for lat­est bus strikes

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COM­MUTERS from Sefton are be­ing urged to plan their jour­neys and check be­fore they travel ahead of planned in­dus­trial ac­tion on bus ser­vices over the next month.

Strike ac­tion is to af­fect Ar­riva bus ser­vices again on Mon­day, Novem­ber 13, Mon­day, Novem­ber 20, and Mon­day, Novem­ber 27.

Unite and GMB union mem­bers will be tak­ing g to the picket p lines.

Mer s e y - rail and No r t h e r n rail ser­vices were also due to be af­fected by strikes ik b by the h RMT union yes­ter­day, Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 8.

Bus ser­vices by other op­er­a­tors, in­clud­ing Stage­coach, are planned to run as nor­mal.

Ad­vice be­ing is­sued to those trav­el­ling around the re­gion in­cludes still us­ing pub­lic trans­port where pos­si­ble, con­sid­er­ing if jour­neys are es­sen­tial and make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments if pos­si­ble.

Those who travel by car are ad­vised to travel out­side peak times and con­sider car shar­ing, and to leave more time for jour­neys.

Mersey­travel chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Rogers said: “We’re work- ing closely with trans­port providers to sup­port the trav­el­ling pub­lic and will con­tinue to pro­vide as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble.

“We are once again call­ing on our cus­tomers, both lo­cal and from fur­ther afield, to help keep the city re­gion mov­ing by check­ing timeta­bles and plan­ning jour­neys, whether it’s by rail, bus, ferry or car.” Ar­riva North West re­gional man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Phil Stone said: “We w would like to re­as­sure cus­tomers that h we will ill con­tinue i to do all we can to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion and whole­heart­edly apol­o­gise for the in­con­ve­nience that this will cause.

“We want to also re­mind them to con­tinue to check their routes be­fore they travel.”

Stage­coach Mersey­side, Ch­ester and South Lan­cashire man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Rob Jones said: “Our ser­vices will be run­ning as nor­mal on the strike days, with in­creased ca­pac­ity where pos­si­ble on key routes.

“We ex­pect our ser­vices to be busier than usual but rest as­sured we will be do­ing all that we can to keep pas­sen­gers mov­ing.”

Ar­riva buses parked up dur­ing re­cent ac­tion; Rob Jones, above, said Stage­coach buses will run as nor­mal

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