Elderly Britons in the North East of England have been left feeling stuck “worse than the pandemic” after bus strikes crippled the area.
Go North East bus workers went on strike after Unite revealed its members were “forced” to take action amid a pay row.
Further talks trying to avoid strike action fell through on Thursday.
A skeleton service is in place on some routes, with Unite describing the company as "grasping at straws".
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Despite grave concerns, South Shields Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck said it was "not fair" that drivers in the North West are being paid more than drivers in the North East.
She added: “Obviously people are frustrated; people can't get to work, can't get to school.
“But I think most people, when you drill down and chat to them, they'll say well of course, on a principle of fairness, the drivers on our buses here in the North East deserve the same pay as they do in the North West.”
However, local residents have complained about how the decision has adversely impacted them.
Linda Storey, 71, from Dunston in Gateshead, claimed it is taking its toll on her mental health.