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First Great Western strike will go ahead this weekend

The strike will go ahead Credit: ITV

Rail union RMT has just announced that strike action at First Great Western will go ahead this weekend as planned. The union is protesting over the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains. The action follows a 48-hour strike last month and 24 hours of action last Sunday which led to widespread disruption to services.

A27 so badly damaged it will need three days of repairs

The A27 will need at least three days of repairs Credit: ITV NEWS

The A27 has been so badly damaged by the Shoreham air crash on Saturday it will take at least three days of repairs, ITV News Meridian has learnt.

Work will not start until police and other official investigations are complete which could be in the next day or so.

The initial Highways England report into the road reveals substantial damage to the road surface which will need significant repairs.

Major work will be needed to the central reservation. A new traffic light system will need to be installed. Temporary lights will be put in place until full repairs can be made.

Highways officials have made the assessment based on a brief visit. Highways England say work will start as soon as it is possible but only when investigating authorities have completed there work. They add the road is very busy and needed by the local community to travel around.

Plans are now being put in place to allow the work to start as soon as possible.

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