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Preston Bus confirms why services across city are disrupted

Posted on - 12th September, 2016 - 9:38am | Author - | Posted in - News, Transport
The bus company posted a notice about disruption late on Sunday night Pic: Joe Hayhurst

The bus company posted a notice about disruption late on Sunday night Pic: Joe Hayhurst

Preston Bus has revealed the celebration of Eid has caused disruption on many of its services during Monday morning.

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At 10pm on Sunday the bus firm posted a warning of disruption from 6am – but detailed no reason.

Passengers have been reporting delays of more than 30 minutes on some services around the city.

A spokesman for Preston Bus said: “Service disruption today is caused by an unusually high level of staff absence due to Eid. We currently have 19 drivers away on holiday, with an additional 17 taking the day off for the festival. Coupled with drivers off sick, etc. this has left us with a number of duties to cover. While Eid is always a challenging time for us, this year has been unusually worse.

“We have tried our best to keep services operating as normal. All school services, tendered services and the Skipton service are running as normal. On some high frequency routes, buses may be operating every 15-20 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. Our inspectors are working hard to minimise disruption to passengers, and the majority of our office staff are out driving themselves.

“We suggest that passengers get to their bus stops 15 minutes earlier than usual to ensure a punctual arrival at their destinations. We thank passengers for their understanding, and would expect that normal service resumes at around 6pm on Monday night.”

Read more: Preston Bus announces changes to 14 services across the city

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