Go North East bus strikes: Metro issue advice to travellers as industrial action continues
Bus drivers remain on strike this week.
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.”
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.
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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.