Bus driver strike set to hit hospital and school services next week
Tuesday 6th June 2017 @ 14:10 by Tom Greggan
Ashton Dukinfield Hyde Mossley & Saddleworth News Stalybridge Tameside

Bus services to Tameside Hospital and many local school buses will be affected if a planned two-day strike by First bus drivers goes ahead as planned next week.

Around 850 drivers, based at First’s Oldham and Manchester depots, are set for a walk-out on June 12th and 13th in a dispute over pay.

As a result of the strike, roads and public transport around Greater Manchester is expected to be busier than usual, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.

Phil Medlicott, Managing Director at First Manchester, said: “We are extremely disappointed that drivers from two of our depots have decided to strike. We are working with the Union to try and come to an agreement that will not lead to a two-day strike, but it’s clear that the Union is intent on causing the maximum amount of disruption and inconvenience.

“I am truly sorry that our customers will be affected if the industrial action does go ahead. We will be working very hard over the next few days to finalise our contingency plans and establish what level of service we will be able to provide.”

Nineteen Tameside routes will be affected by the strike, as will school buses to Copley Academy, Mossley Hollins and St Damian’s RC College, Hollingworth Academy and Saddleworth School.

In December 2016, First closed down it’s Broadway depot in Dukinfield, as well as it’s depot in Bury, with drivers moved to Manchester, Bolton and Oldham.


The full list of Tameside services affected by the strike is:


38 Ashton Circular Route via Hurst Cross – Hazelhurst – Palace Road Ashton

39 Ashton Circular Route via Palace Road – Hazelhurst – Hurst Cross Ashton#

231 Manchester Piccadilly via Etihad Campus – Clayton – Droylsden – Littlemoss – Hurst Cross – Tameside Hospital Ashton

232 Ashton Circular Route via Hurst Cross – Broadoak Ashton

331 Ashton Circular Route via Smallshaw – Hurst Cross Ashton

332 Ashton Circular Route via Hurst Cross – Hartshead – Broadoak Ashton

333 Ashton Circular Route via Hurst Cross – Smallshaw Ashton

338 Ashton Circular Route via Crowhill Asthon

340 Oldham via Grotton – Mossley – Stalybridge Hyde

346 Ashton via Dukinfield – Newton Hyde

348 Ashton via Stalybridge – Copley Carrbrook

350 Ashton via Mossley – Micklehurst – Hey Farm – Greenfield – Uppermill – Delph – Waterhead Oldham

353 Ashton via Stalybridge – Mossley – Friezland – Grasscroft – Uppermill Dobcross

354 Ashton via Stalybridge – Mossley – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Carrcote Denshaw

387 Ashton via Tameside Hosp – Ridge Hill – Stalybridge – Mottram – Hattersley – Godley Hyde

389 Ashton via Ridge Hill – Stalybridge – Dukinfield Yew Tree – Newton Hyde

393 Ashton Circular Route via Smallshaw – Hartshead Ashton

408 Shaw, Buckstones via Royton – Oldham – Glodwick – Hartshead Stalybridge

409 Rochdale via Thornham – Royton – Oldham – Hathershaw – Bardsley Ashton


770 Waterhead- St. Damian’s College

803 Lees- Mossley Hollins

820 Copley Academy – Darnton Road/Mossley Road

820 Darnton Road/Mossley Road – Copley Academy

828 Mossley – Greenfield – Saddleworth School

850 Hollingworth Academy – Stubley

850 Stubley – Hollingworth Academy

854 Mayfield – Hollingworth Academy

854 Hollingworth Academy – Howarth Cross

870 Mossley Hollins – Copley – Ridge Hill