All the planned Stagecoach Manchester strikes for November and December 2007 have now been called off thanks to staff accepting a new pay deal.
This means all the information below is no longer relevant, however we will keep it here so you can see (if you're bothered) how things would have been handled had the strikes gone ahead...
Judging by the number of people finding this blog through searches for information about the upcoming planned Stagecoach strikes, there are a lot of people looking for information out there at the moment. Time, methinks, for a quick Q&A.
When will the strikes take place?
Strikes are planned for the 27th and 29th of November and the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th of December.
Which areas of Greater Manchester are affected?
Stagecoach Manchester will be striking, meaning that if your bus is run by Stagecoach Manchester or Magic Bus then it may not be running (see below). However, services 113, 125, 126 and X61 and some late evening journeys on service 22 will be running as they are run by Stagecoach North West. All other operators are unaffected. If your route is run by Stagecoach as well as other operators (e.g., services 22, 41, 42, 143) the other operators' journeys will run as normal, although they may be running late due to higher demand.
Will any Stagecoach Manchester services be running?
Yes, a skeleton service will operate on strike days between 0730 and 1800 only. Journeys will run on these services:
43 - Manchester - Airport (every 10 mins)
50 - Manchester - East Didsbury (every 15 mins)
85 - Manchester - Chorlton (every 15 mins)
86 - Manchester - Chorlton (every 10 mins)
101 - Manchester - Wythenshawe (every 20 mins)
104 - Manchester - Wythenshawe (every 30 mins)
142 - Manchester - East Didsbury (every 10 mins)
143 - Manchester - West Didsbury (every 15 mins)
192 - Manchester - Hazel Grove (every 15 mins plus every 7/8 mins Manchester - Stockport only)
201 - Manchester - Hattersley (every 10 mins)
203 - Manchester - Stockport (every 10 mins)
216 - Manchester - Ashton-under-Lyne (every 15 mins)
219 - Manchester - Ashton-under-Lyne (every 15 mins)
255 - Manchester - Partington (every 30 mins)
256 - Manchester - Flixton (every 15 mins)
325 - Stockport - Brinnington circular (every 10 mins)
330 - Stockport - Ashton-under-Lyne (every 15 mins)
347 - Ashton-under-Lyne - Haughton Green circular (every 15 mins)
383/384 - Stockport - Marple circular (every 20 mins each way)
These services will charge a flat fare of £1 although passes will still be valid and Stagecoach have been nice enough to extend validity on weekly Megariders and offer partial refunds for people with season passes (Uniriders etc). Full details can be found on Stagecoach's website.
I've heard Stagecoach are buying Mayne. Will they be striking too?
No. Although Stagecoach is in the process of buying Mayne, this sale is not complete yet. Mayne is still independent and will not be striking.
What about school buses?
The latest word on this matter, as conveyed from Stagecoach to schools, is that tendered school buses run by Stagecoach will be running as normal. However, you should check with your school or Stagecoach for more information.
Are these strikes definitely going ahead?
At the moment, yes. However, talks are taking place today between the company management and the Unite union to try to resolve the pay dispute. If they are successful the strikes won't take place.
If you have any more questions, leave a comment and we'll do our best to give you an answer. Also, check the Stagecoach Manchester website, which has full details.