Full list of Liverpool buses that won't run during strikes

A number of Stagecoach bus services will not run during strike action
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Liverpool bus drivers will take strike action next week in a move set to cause disruption during three Taylor Swift concerts in the city.

Stagecoach today said it was disappointed that a full day of pay talks with the Unite union has not been able to avoid the planned walk-out from its Gilmoss depot. Unite members - including hundreds of bus drivers, engineers and cleaners - are set to walk out for five days between Thursday June 13 and Monday June 17.

The strike action will cause major public transport disruption in the city at the same time that global megastar Taylor Swift is playing three sold-out shows at Anfield Stadium. With the strike set to go ahead, Stagecoach has revealed exactly how its services will be affected by the strikes and which buses will not be able to run on the days of industrial action.

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Stagecoach services 10A, 14, 53, 82, 86 will not be operating on strike days and a special timetable will operate on routes 17, 19, 20 and 21 between 6.30am – 19.30 on strike days. Stagecoach will also operate the 917 shuttle services for those attending the Taylor Swift concerts on 13 -15 June, following a request from the Liverpool City Region and Merseyside Police.

Services 1/X1, X2 and 471/472 are operated from other depots and are unaffected by the industrial action. Details of the special timetable can be found here.

Stagecoach also warned that there may be some disruption to bus services on Tuesday, June 18 whilst operations return to normal. Unite members are seeking a wage increase that better reflects the hourly pay rate of other operators in the area, but Stagecoach has argued there are variances in terms and conditions that enhance their pay.

Matt Davies, Managing Director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire said: “We have done our utmost to propose a pay deal that meet the expectations of our people whilst also being affordable for the long term sustainability of our bus network. I am sorry for the disruption that this strike will cause for our customers.

“I understand that our staff want us to be closer to the hourly rate offered by other companies. We have different terms and conditions of employment than our competitors so comparing hourly pay alone is not an accurate reflection of our total pay package.

“I believe that we have made a very fair and above-inflation pay offer that would give our staff a higher percentage pay increase than other operators, at a time when inflation has fallen to 2.3%.

“We remain open to further discussions to resolve this dispute and we have proposed that we go together to Acas to resolve this dispute.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “For too long Stagecoach has gotten away with paying its Liverpool drivers on the cheap. It can totally afford to equalise pay with Arriva and that is what needs to happen.

“Unite’s Liverpool Stagecoach members have their union’s total backing in striking for a fair pay rise.”

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