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Strike action due on First Great Western

Passengers face disruption on First Great Western services Credit: PA Wire

Major disruption on First Great Western train services is expected as a 48 hour strike begins this evening.

The action is over plans to plans to guards and buffet cars on the new Hitachi trains - which the company says can't be operated in the same way the currents ones are, but insists it has made assurances about job security.

First Great Western have said they expect to run the majority of London Thames Valley services, but long distance and local rail services will be significantly reduced.

The strike starts at 6.30pm.


Remembering the victims of 7/7 bombings

Victims families, survivors - and the public - came together, today, to observe a minute's silence in memory of the 52 people killed in the 7/7 bombings.

It was ten years ago that four suicide bombers - including Germaine Lindsay from Aylesbury - targeted three tube trains and a bus in London.

Miriam Hyman, who was 31 and from Oxford, was one of those killed. She died on a bus at Tavistock Square.

Reading University graduate Jennifer Nicholson, who was 24, was killed at Edgware Road. There were also explosions at Russell Square and Aldgate.

Hundreds of people were injured in the bombings. Those who survived, without injury, helped others.

Tim Coulson, from Henley-on-Thames, later received an MBE from the Queen for his heroic actions. With details of today's memorial events, here's David Wood.


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7/7 bereaved mother: It is important people do not forget

The mother of one of the 52 killed in the 7/7 terror attacks says it is important "that people do not forget" and that there are lessons to be learned.

Mavis Hyman's daughter Miriam was sitting directly in front of Hasib Hussain when he detonated a bomb on the number 30 bus at Tavistock Square.

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