RGU Responds to Escalated Bus Strike Action

Bus drivers in Aberdeen have voted to continue the ongoing strikes by another 4 weeks beginning April 6th. RGU has also announced that First Bus will double bus services for the University between 8-10am and 3-5pm.

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Michael Ife (President of Communication & Democracy) met with First Aberdeen bosses to highlight the University's need for more services during peak times. First Aberdeen has agreed to duplicate services between 8.00am and 10.00am going to RGU and between 15.00 and 17.00 returning from RGU. 

RGU has also announced that a 16 seater mini-bus will be running during the following times from Monday 26th to Friday 30th March as an evening service for students: 20.30, 21.00, 21.30, and 22.00. This service will depart from the ABS car park and will drop students off at Schoolhill only.

First Aberdeen has also informed students that students claiming a refund for MTickets should contact customer services on 01224 6500 and choose the option for customer services. 

Due to the continuing issues with First Bus, trade union Unite has announced that Aberdeen bus drivers have voted to escalate action by 4 weeks beginning April 6th. 

This announcement comes before the remaining strike events on Friday 23rd March and the week of Monday 26th March to Sunday 1st April. 

Mike Flinn, the convener of First Aberdeen drivers for Unite, said: “We had 152 drivers turn up to our meeting and the decision made by them to escalate the strike action.

“Starting on April 6 we would have four weeks of continuous strikes.”

First managing director Andrew Jarvis said: “First Aberdeen is extremely disappointed at Unite’s decision to move for an escalation of the ongoing industrial action.

“We await formal notification of this from Unite to detail the exact dates of any further action, but the focus now will turn to planning to deliver services on our network as much as we possibly can to keep our customers moving and limit the disruption.”

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