Published On: Sat, Apr 25th, 2015 on 3:22 pm

THOUSANDS of Bradford bus users expected to be hit by 48-hour strike

Over 300 bus drivers plan to strike on 27 April and 28 April, forcing many bus services to be cancelled during that time.

West Yorkshire Bus

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The drivers working from the Bradford depot, who are members of the Unite trade union, will walk out in response to cuts to bus services by First West Yorkshire.

Unite accuses the company of running the bus depot down with the intention of “closing it in the future”.

The main issue in dispute is the transfer of part of the 576 bus service from Bradford to Halifax.

The First group claim that it was done to “balance the amount of work that we had and protect jobs in both areas following tender losses in Halifax”.

Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner said: “While the strike on 27/ 28 April will be inconvenient for thousands of bus users, the bigger picture that Unite is fighting for is the maintenance of good and reliable services with top quality buses, properly serviced. We also want our members treated with dignity and respect.

“The company has been dragging its feet in talks with Unite and we have been left with no option, but to call this strike, so the citizens of Bradford get the service they deserve and pay for.

“We call on management to jettison its macho stance and get back to mutually respectful and meaningful negotiations to avoid this damaging strike.”

The First group said it would like to continue talks with the trade union to avoid potential action.

It said: “Right now our priority is to continue talking with the trade union, but clearly we are very disappointed with the situation, and we are very concerned about the uncertainty and inconvenience that this announcement has caused our customers.”

Services which will be running

72 (run by Leeds Bramley depot)
Most 363 journeys (run by Huddersfield depot) except the 0545 Bradford – Huddersfield
508 (run by Halifax depot)
571 (run by Halifax depot)
576 (run by Halifax depot)
A limited number of morning peak time 611 journeys (run by Leeds Bramley depot) including those leaving Bradford at 0705 and 0805, and those leaving Pudsey at 0630, 0735 and 0840
X63 (run by Huddersfield depot)
Any service which is run by a dedicated Yellow school bus

Services which will not be running

607 Thornton – Holme Wood
610 Bradford – Queensbury
611 Bradford – Pudsey (some early morning journeys run by Leeds Bramley depot will still run)
612 Bradford – Shipley
613/614 Buttershaw – Fagley
615/616 Bradford – Eldwick
617/618 Allerton – Holme Wood
620/621 Haworth Road – Bierley
622/623 Scholes – Eldwick
625/626 Brighouse – Baildon
627 Brighouse – Shipley Glen
630 Bradford – Tyersal
633 West Bowling – Shipley
634 Bradford – West Bowling
636/637 Clayton – Bradford Moor
640/641 Buttershaw – Five Lane Ends
645 Buttershaw – Greengates
646/647 Bradford – Shipley
670/671 Bradford – Leeds
675 West Bowling – Cottingley
677 West Bowling – Shipley Glen
680 Bradford – Bingley
681/682 Bradford – Halifax
714 Bradford – Owlcotes Centre
MOR Sticker Lane – Morrisons Thornbury
X6 Huddersfield – Leeds
ALSO The ferry bus between Bradford Depot and Bradford Interchange

School services which will not be running

964 Heaton – Beckfoot School
965 Beckfoot School – Bradford Interchange
992 Clayton Fields Works – Thornton Grammar School
994 Odsal – Thornton Grammar School
995 Clayton Fields Works – Thornton Grammar School
997 Clayton Fields Works – Thornton Grammar School
998 Clayton The Avenue – Thornton Grammar School
A2 Great Horton Road – Belle Vue Boys School
A4 Bradford Westgate – Belle Vue Boys Upper School
A6 Contract
A7 West Bowling Parkside Road – Belle Vue Girls School
A8 Bradford Westgate – Belle Vue Girls Upper School
A9 Clayton Fields Works – Belle Vue Girls School
A17 Bradford Interchange – St. Bedes R C Upper School
A41 Oakenshaw New Works Road – Tong Upper School
A42 Laisterdyke Leeds Road – Tong Upper School
A43 Horton Grange Road Legrams Ln – Tong Upper School
A44 Springmill Street Ripley Street – Tong Upper School
A46 Bradford Interchange – Tong Upper School
A47 Barkerend Road bottom – Tong Upper School
A48 Tong Upper School – Bradford Interchange
A49 Smiddles Lane – Tong Upper School
A52 The Samuel Lister Academy – Manningham Lane
A56 Bradford Westgate – The Samuel Lister Academy
A60 Greengates – Beckfoot School
A61 Wrose Westfield Lane – Beckfoot School
A63 Toller Lane – Beckfoot School
A66 Manningham Lane Oak Lane – Beckfoot School
A67 Wrose Westfield Lane – Beckfoot School
A80 Clayton Fields Works – Dixons Allerton Academy
A81 Dixons Allerton Academy – Toller Lane Fairbank Road
A86 Appleton Academy – Bradford Interchange
B1 Thornton Grammar School – St. Bede’s R C School
B2 Odsal – St. Bedes R C Upper School
B4 Killinghall Road Leeds Old Road – St. Bede’s School
B5 Cottingley – St. Bede’s R C Upper School
B6 Greengates Ashfield Road – St. Bede’s R C School
B7 Thornton Grammar School – St. Josephs College
B8 Huddersfield Road – St. Josephs R. C. College
B12 Odsal – St. Bede’s R C Upper School
B14 Greengates Ashfield Road – St. Josephs College
B15 Killinghall Road Leeds Old Rd – St. Josephs College
B18 Wibsey St. Helena Road – St. Josephs College
B22 Buttershaw – St. Bedes R C Upper School
B23 Clayton – St. Josephs R C College
B25 Buttershaw – St. Josephs R C College
B48 Wilsden Main Street – Beckfoot Upper School

On the strike days, the Bradford Depot will be closed to customers. Lost Property will be inaccessible, and people will not be able to reimburse Change Vouchers.

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