Bus drivers to strike
Bus drivers are going on strike in Jersey. The action will affect 12,000 people.
The refusal to work begins on Thursday night (7 June) and will continue throughout the day on Friday.
People hoping to return home by bus on the Thursday night late services will have to travel before 11pm when the strike action kicks in.
No services at all will be operating on Friday.
Connex boss Eric Le Roux says they have tried to negotiate with the drivers' union Unite, but have not been able to prevent the strike. Conciliation talks have failed.
The issue is over pay. Mr Le Roux would not say how much the company had offered, but said drivers were seeking an "unrealistic" rise greater than the cost of living.
There is a risk that further strikes may be called if there is no quick resolution to the unrest. Next week is half-term, but the situation would become more critical if drivers walk out during term time, especially as there are GCSE and A-level examinations.
Islanders are being urged to share cars to get to work on Friday, or to cycle in or walk.
People with bus passes are being offered compensation and should contact the Connex information office.
Transport and Technical Services have offered the following advice to bus users.
Arrange/offer a car share with friend, colleague or neighbour;
Consider walking or cycling;
If you want to take a taxi book it in advance to avoid disappointment;
Consider working from home if you can;
Although it's school holidays, there may be more traffic on the roads so allow more time for your journey;
Pier Road multi-storey normally has spare capacity for another 250 cars and there may well be a little spare capacity in Patriotic Street and Green Street as it is half-term.
On average there are about 12,000 public bus users every day at this time of year.
TTS Minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis said: “Obviously this is a very difficult situation for our bus users and I’m very sorry for the inconvenience this will cause. I hope that people will be understanding and offer lifts to people they know are regular bus users. We are liaising with Tourism and the Harbour and Airport to ensure that travellers are informed.”