Metro issue advice to travellers as Go North East bus strikes continue this week
Bus drivers remain on strike this week.
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However, these will only be contracted school services, leaving the majority of bus riders left without services.
The Tyne and Wear Metro has issued a warning to those who regularly use the service. Posting to social media on Sunday, October 1 - the second day of strike action - they said: “A reminder regarding Go North East services this week. Metro trains and stations will be busier than normal. Please leave extra time for travel where possible.”
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The Metro is not adding any additional services to deal with demand from the strikes, which will run until Friday. On Saturday, October 7 normal service will resume.
A full week of strike action will also take place from Saturday, October 14.
Why are Go North East bus drivers on strike?
Go North East workers - including office staff - at depots in Consett, Gateshead, Hexham, Percy Main, Sunderland and Washington voted to take strike action in September.
Workers were balloted over pay with 98% of those taking part opting for strike action.