Stagecoach set to step in during First Aberdeen bus drivers’ strike action

A bus operator has said it will step up services for those affected by an upcoming strike at a rival firm.

First Aberdeen drivers have voted for 11 days of industrial action in a dispute over changes to conditions.

Of the 250 drivers polled, 95% voted for the walkouts, which will begin on March 16 with a 24-hour strike, followed by further action on March 19, 21 and 23.

Another strike will run from March 25 to April 1.

Rival operator Stagecoach has announced it will provide additional buses and “staff will join their Aberdeen team to keep the city moving during the proposed strike action”.

Mark Whitelocks, managing director for Stagecoach North Scotland, said: “We are committed to ensuring there is as little disruption to our city and shire services as a result of the industrial action at First.

“We are in the process of finalising our plans to ensure we have additional vehicles on our routes in Aberdeen to keep the city moving during this time.”