Looming bus strikes set to disrupt thousands

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union have confirmed school bus routes will be exempt from industrial action planned during this afternoon's peak.

Brisbane City Council (BCC) bus drivers will strike today from 2pm to 6pm.

Despite school bus routes being exempt, Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner told the Courier Mail that would only save 5,500 students, with nearly 18,000 still at risk of being left stranded.

“We were always planning to allocate all available resources or drivers to these school routes, so they would have been covered regardless,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The reality is there’s going to be chaos on Friday, which is very difficult to plan for because we don’t know exactly how many drivers will be working and how many won’t.”

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said TransLink had put on additional City Cat services to help ease pressures on the network.

“To get the latest information on bus service disruptions visit the TransLink website or call 13 12 30,” she said.

Ms Ritchie said everyone needed to ensure they had alternative transport plans locked in place to avoid getting stuck on Friday.

“Anyone travelling in and around south east Queensland is potentially going to be affected, even road traffic, so it’s up to all of us to make sure we have alternative transport plans locked in now.”