BUS passengers will face more misery when a further day of strike action is staged by Arriva North West drivers on Monday (December 4).

It will be the first of nine days of industrial action due to take place in the run up to Christmas because of deadlock in pay negotiations between unions and the transport giant.

A series of one-day strikes took place between October and November.

These affected thousands of passengers who rely on bus services for journeys to work, hospital appointments and visits, trips to the shops and taking children to school.

A further day of action is planned this week for Thursday, December 7.

More industrial action is then planned for three consecutive days next week (Tuesday, December 12 to Thursday, December 14) and four days on the run in the build up to Christmas (Wednesday, December 20 to Saturday, September 23)

During these times there will be no planned Arriva bus services operating within St Helens and the rest of Merseyside.

Customers with Arriva pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside on Monday, December 4 will be able to use them on the Merseyrail network, and throughout the North West on corresponding Northern Rail routes.

In addition to this, Arriva tickets will continue to be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes in Merseyside.