Significant bus travel disruptions in Mansfield as major routes cancelled

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A number of main bus services in Mansfield and Ashfield have been cancelled today, affecting more than 100 routes.

Stagecoach East Midlands, which operates services throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, are currently in talks with unions on pay, and said earlier this month that they hoped for ‘minimal impact’ on services.

Transport union RMT members at Mansfield’s Stagecoach depot, on Sutton Road, are taking action, which includes ‘not to undertake overtime and not to undertake rest day working’ during two periods – between 12.01am on Friday, September 17, and 11:59pm on Friday, October 1, and between 12.01am on Friday, October 8, and 11.59pm on Friday, October 22.

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The bus company’s Twitter account has posted a number of tweets listing the routes which are cancelled, many of which will impact commuters getting to and from work.

There are significant timetable disruptions todayThere are significant timetable disruptions today
There are significant timetable disruptions today

Their tweets stated: “The following service journeys will not operate – we apologise for any inconvenience.

“Pronto, Mansfield to Nottingham at: 0635, 0715, 0815, 0825, 0910, 1010, 1125, 1150, 1300, 1340, 1440, 1630, 1800, 1810.

“Pronto, Mansfield to Chesterfield at: 0635, 1600, 1955.

“Service 28b, Mansfield to Eakring at: 1015, 1215.

“Service 16, Mansfield to Clipstone at: 0625, 0825, 1025, 1125, 1225, 1355, 1525, 1735, 1850.

“Service 23, Mansfield to Langwith at: 1240, 1440.

“Service 14, Mansfield to Kirton at: 0640, 1340, 1740.

“Service 15, Mansfield to Walesby at: 1010, 1310.

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“Service 7 Mansfield to Oak Tree at: 0540, 0740, 0940, 1110, 1140, 1340, 1640.

“Service 11 Mansfield to Meden Vale at: 1130, 1330.

“Service 12 Mansfield to Shirebrook at: 1045, 1245, 1615

“Mansfield to Designer Outlet at 0645, 0835, 0855, 1035, 1115, 1135, 1235, 1315, 1435, 1515, 1555, 1715, 1755, 1910.

“Service 1, Mansfield to Huthwaite at: 0450, 0625, 0655, 0745, 0925, 1125, 1325, 1345, 1425, 1545, 1625, 1725.

“Mansfield to Alfreton at: 0805, 1105.

“Service 1 Mansfield to Woodhouse at: 0545, 0605, 0705, 0725, 0755, 0815, 0845, 0955, 1025, 1055, 1105, 1125, 1155, 1235, 1245, 1255, 1305, 1355, 1425, 1445, 1505, 1545, 1555, 1635, 1645, 1715, 1725, 1825, 1835, 1915, 2040.”

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A Stagecoach East Midlands spokesperson said: "We are continuing to run the majority of our services.

"However, local people who depend on buses to get to work and access public services, as well as local businesses, will be dismayed that the RMT is taking action which will disrupt their services in the weeks ahead.“It is particularly counter-productive when bus networks are requiring taxpayer support as a result of the pandemic and the focus of everyone should be on protecting the long-term sustainability of services for the local community."We are committed to offering good packages for our people that reflect the local economic conditions, the varying costs of running services and the level of passenger journeys, which are currently at only 70% of pre-Covid levels."We very much remain open to continuing discussions with the union and would urge them to return to constructive talks.”

Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary, said: “It's well established now that we are facing a national shortage of bus drivers as staff leave over poor pay and conditions.

“It is ridiculous Stagecoach have chosen this moment to kick their staff in the teeth over pay.

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“RMT is fighting for professional wages for professional drivers and our East Midlands Stagecoach members are leading that charge.”

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