‘Near normal’ buses on strike days

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A BUS operator insists it will run a ‘near-normal’ level of service in South Yorkshire despite planned strike action.

Stagecoach Yorkshire has drafted in more than 100 staff to minimise disruption for passengers leading up to the protest on January 4 and 16 by union Unite over a pay dispute.

Its services in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley between 7am and 6pm would be ‘near normal’, said the firm.

Stagecoach Sheffield and Chesterfield services are unaffected and all school services will operate as normal.

Paul Lynch, managing director, said: “Once again we will be bringing in more than 100 managers and supervisors to keep our services running near normal and ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

“The replacement services we put on for the previous strike dates were very well received.

“Passenger numbers were near normal and we had a lot of feedback thanking us for the effort.”

Six days of strike action by drivers took place in November and December.

Mr Lynch said the operator had negotiated and made several pay offers.

A special £1 flat single fare for adults will apply on the strike dates.

To check bus services during the strike visit www.stagecoachbus.com/yorkshire or call 0871 200 2233.