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Published: 2008-11-20 00:00:00

Hamilton bus passengers are facing significant disruption to normal services tomorrow due to a 24-hour strike by drivers who are members of the Northern Distribution Workers Union.

The union members – who make up 60 per cent of Go Bus drivers in Hamilton – are striking over a pay dispute.

It means peak hour Direct services between the central city and Dinsdale, Pukete and Rototuna will not operate. Other peak hour services will operate normally between 6am and 9.30am, and from 3.30pm to 7pm.

Off-peak services between 9.30am and 3.30pm will only be running hourly, instead of the normal half-hourly service.

Also, Orbiter and CBD Shuttle services will be less frequent.

All services will finish at 7pm – normally buses would finish much later in the evening.

Environment Waikato – responsible for managing bus service contracts in Hamilton – said it was waiting to see what happened before announcing what the situation was with Saturday services this weekend.

"We will be monitoring developments closely and will advise the public as soon as we know what is happening with buses for Saturday," said EW’s land transport operations manager Bevan Dale.

Mr Dale hoped that the drivers and Go Bus could soon resolve their differences to avoid further inconvenience to passengers.

"Thousands of Hamiltonians rely on buses for getting about and I’d like to see a quick resolution to this dispute."

For more information visit, call 0800 4 BUSLINE, or ask at the Transport Centre on the corner of Bryce and Anglesea Streets.