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Rail staff walkout on strike for third time this week

The strike has reduced services across the North West Credit: PA

Rail passengers across the North West are facing their third day of disruption in a week because of strike action by staff.

RMT Union members on Merseyrail and Northern Rail are walking out for the 13th time in a long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Merseyrail insists it wants to talk to the union. Northern says it is aiming to maintain services today.

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Weather warning: thick fog across the North West

Journey times could take longer than expected. Credit: Met Office

Drivers are being warned to take care this morning after the Met Office issued a weather warning for fog.

Fog patches are likely to become more widespread into this morning, with the visibility falling below 100 metres in places.

Although it will thin throughout Thursday, the Met Office says some patches may persist into the afternoon in the west of the warning area.

It could mean journey times are longer than expected.

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