Medway bus drivers agree to end strike action

Image caption The six-month dispute had centred on the introduction of "unachievable" timetables

Bus drivers in the Medway towns have agreed to end their industrial action.

More than 200 Arriva bus drivers took strike action earlier this month as part of a long-running dispute over new "unachievable" timetables.

Unite said its members had voted to accept a new set of timetables, which will be reviewed in March.

Regional officer Dave Weeks said the new set of proposals had been "hammered out in tough negotiations with the Arriva management".

"However, the drivers made it crystal clear that if these new duty rosters are still causing problems in a couple of months' time, we will revisit the issue at the end of March.

"Throughout this dispute, Unite has always said that, while we are concerned about the welfare of our members, we also want to ensure that bus passengers in Medway feel reassured that they are travelling in a safe environment," he said.

Drivers had also previously planned two further stoppages for 4 and 11 January.

The services affected cover the Medway towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Hoo Peninsula, Rainham, Rochester, and Strood.

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