A bus strike affecting services in Trafford is set to enter its third week after talks between the operator and two unions broke down.

Arriva met with representatives from Unite and GMB on Monday, some 12 days after its drivers took to the picket line on July 20.

According to the operator, it improved on the offer of an 8.5 per cent pay rise on the table since the start of the strike.

But Arriva said the two unions did not even put this offer to their members, a decision a spokesperson described as 'unreasonable'.

On Monday, they said: "We are extremely disappointed that despite further negotiations today with Unite and GMB and a very generous improved offer, the unions have once again walked away without even agreeing to put our offer to their members.

"This means we continue to face ongoing strike action across the North West region, causing continued misery for our passengers.

"We have worked tirelessly to reach an agreement on a way forward, today making an offer that would have seen our drivers being the highest paid in the region, with no changes to current employee benefits and a lump sum of backdated pay to April 1.

"Our customers will share our frustration at the unions’ unreasonable stance. We are seeking to engage ACAS to help bring a resolution to this situation and we urge Unite and GMB to immediately reconsider their position, call an end to strike action and give their members the opportunity to ballot on our generous pay rise."

These are the services affected in Trafford. An asterisk means some of the services are covered by Goodwins.

18 - Eccles - Trafford Park - Sale - Manchester Airport

19 - Altrincham - Sale - Sale Moor - Northern Moor - Wythenshawe

245 - Altrincham - Sale - Urmston - The Trafford Centre

247 - The Trafford Centre - Flixton - Partington - Altrincham

263 - Altrincham - Sale - Stretford - Hulme - Piccadilly Gardens

280* - Altrincham - Mossbrow - Partington - Carrington - Sale

281* - Altrincham - Broadheath - Brooklands - Sale Moor - Sale

282* - Altrincham - Oldfield Brow - John Leigh Park (Circular)

283* - Altrincham - Hale - Hale Barns - Well Green (Circular)

284* - Altrincham - Well Green - Hale Barns - Hale (Circular)

285* - Altrincham - Timperley - Timperley Grange (Circular)

286* - Altrincham - Timperley Grange - Timperley (Circular)

287* - Altrincham - Rosehill - Bowdon - Bowdon Vale (Circular)

288 - Altrincham - Hale - Hale Barns - Manchester Airport (Evenings and Sundays Only)

For information on alternatives, go to tfgm.com/arriva-bus-strike.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. Jack is the reporter for The Messenger and covers anything and everything from within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

To contact him, email jack.tooth@newsquest.co.uk or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.