Mayor reacts as strike talks break down

"Deep disappointment" as strike by Arriva Yorkshire drivers continues

Reacting to the breakdown in talks between Arriva Yorkshire and Unite the Union, Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

"I am deeply disappointed talks have broken down earlier today between Unite and Arriva Yorkshire.

"As a bus user, I understand the frustrations of passengers and want nothing more than this action to be resolved. Sadly, because bus services outside of London are run by private operators, our powers are limited.

"Earlier this week, I introduced a free shuttle bus to take people to vital hospital appointments at Pinderfields in Wakefield, and we are continuing to look at what other interim measures we can implement to help.

"In a cost-of-living crisis people need to be paid a fair wage but we also need to get our region back on the move.

"I’ve met with Arriva Yorkshire and Unite and urged them to come to an agreement for the benefit of those needing to get to work, school and around the region.

"I sincerely hope that both sides can come together as soon as possible."

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