As part of an on-going dispute regarding pay, Stagecoach continues to express its disappointment as the company met initial demands set out by the union.
Around 220 drivers at Stagecoach’s Wigan depot will once again go on strike in the coming weeks, with the planned dates of strike action being held on: Saturday 27th September, Tuesday 30th September, Wednesday 8th October and Tuesday 14th October.
Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Wigan, said: “We are very disappointed that the union representing staff at our Wigan depot has decided to take further strike action.
“During the previous strike action earlier this month we continued to operate services as normal and we have again put in place contingency arrangements to protect our passengers. We will continue to serve all routes although a small number of routes may operate a slightly reduced frequency.”
Two of Stagecoach’s Wigan to Leigh services, the 600 and 658, will run at a reduced frequency of every fifteen minutes during the daytime. However, due to an overtime ban by the union Unite, some services may be amended at short notice. All school services will run as normal throughout the industrial action.
During strike action, all Wigan and Manchester DayRider and MegaRider tickets will be available to buy as normal. A single flat fare of £1.50 will operate on all journeys within the Wigan Borough, however normal single fares will operate on journeys that extend into Bolton, Salford and Manchester with no charge to be made for dogs.
MegaRider smart top ups will not be available with Stagecoach issuing paper tickets as an alternative, valid System One tickets will continue to be accepted but unfortunately they will also not be available for purchase, and neither the Back on Board jobseekers discount or Wigan Youth Zone discount will be available for purchase.