Bus services will be cancelled in Trafford today (Wednesday, July 20) with Arriva drivers set to go on strike.

The industrial action will mean that there will be no bus services or limited services on Arriva bus routes in Trafford, Wigan, Bolton, Salford and Manchester.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have been seeking alternative providers to operate the routes to minimise disruption, but limited driver availability means not all the services will be running as planned.

The services that have been affected in Trafford include:

  • The number 18 that goes between Eccles, Trafford Park, Sale and Manchester Airport.
  • The 19 that goes between Altrincham, Sale, Sale Moor, Northern Moor and Wythenshawe.
  • The 245 that goes between Altrincham, Sale, Urmston and The Trafford Centre.
  • The 247 that goes between Altrincham, Partington, Carrington and The Trafford Centre.
  • The 263 that goes between Altrincham, Sale, Stretford, Hulme and Piccadilly Gardens.
  • The 280 that goes between Altrincham, Mossbrow, Partington, Carrington and Sale.
  • The 288 that goes between Altrincham, Hale, Hale Barns and Manchester Airport.

Those with Arriva tickets of seven days or more, that were purchased and activated before the date of the strike, will also be able to use their ticket on selected Metrolink lines during this period.

TfGM’s head of customer experience, Sean Dyball, said: “We understand the concern passengers will have and we want to reassure them that we’re working closely with the operator to limit the disruption as much as possible.

“Unfortunately, due to current conditions and staff absences, we have not been able to secure replacements for all routes.

“Where we can, we have worked to prioritise routes with no or limited alternative transport options.

“We have travel information available on our website to help people make informed journey choices and to cycle or walk where possible, especially for shorter trips.”