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Changing lanes

Gardaí tell drivers to stay out of bus lanes during strike

Shane Ross says that the government can’t “open the cheque book” to fix the strike.

GARDAÍ HAVE WARNED Dublin motorists to stay out of the bus lanes during the Dublin Bus strikes, which start tonight at 9pm.

Calls had been made for the lanes to be opened up to car traffic as thousands of commuters search for another way to work tomorrow and Friday.

However, gardaí say that motorists can and will still be prosecuted for trying to get an edge on their commutes.

“An Garda Siochána recognise that the public will face difficulties therefore commuters are encouraged to plan ahead and identify alternatives forms of public transport on the day.

“Traffic is expected to be extremely heavy on commuter routes, especially during morning and evening peaks.

“There will be an increase in the number of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians on the roads.

“An Garda Síochána appeal to all road users to take extra care on their journey.”

Cheque book

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Shane Ross says that the government can’t use their “cheque book” to solve the dispute.

Ross did urge both Dublin Bus and unions representing staff to get back to the negotiating table, as the capital prepares for the first of six days stoppages this month.

Unions are seeking a 15% pay increase over the next three years and a 6% rise they say they were due to get under an agreement in 2009, but which was deferred.

Additional strikes are due to take place on 15 and 16, and on 23 and 24 September. Talks aimed at resolving the dispute ended on Friday without resolution.

Read: Dublin Bus accused of ‘chicanery’ over 9pm service shut-down

Read: Strike: Dublin Bus says services will end at 9pm tomorrow ahead of Thursday action

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