Valid from: 24/10/2018 12:00am

Check before you travel during bus driver industrial action (from Thursday 25 October)

Greater Wellington Regional Council Chief Executive Greg Campbell says that while it’s difficult to predict the extent of strike action by some bus drivers and/or how long it will continue, communication with Metlink’s passengers is Council’s highest priority.

“Although it has been reported parties will enter into mediation, a number of Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua bus customers could face disruption to their travel from Thursday due to the notified strike by some members of the Tramways Union.

“Exactly how the industrial action could unfold is difficult to know. With strike action affecting the services of one of the four bus operators, there could be further impact and uncertainty on the services run by the other operators.

“This could affect buses on other routes arriving on time and possible overcrowding due to an increased number of passengers, particularly during peak travel,” Mr Campbell said.

“While we continue to urge all parties to come to a resolution as quickly as possible, our priority during this uncertain period has to be our passengers. We are doing all we can to inform customers so they can better plan their travel, particularly if industrial action continues beyond Thursday.

“We’ve contacted schools and essential services, and our officers are in constant contact with all our bus operators to keep customers updated through our website and social media channels, as well as through public information on radio and at bus stops.

“Check before you travel,” Mr Campbell said.

“Use the Metlink Commuter app or website to check for cancelled services, or call our Metlink team on 0800 801 700.”

Posted on 24 October 2018