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Check before travel: First Great Western trains strike

Revised timetable in place on First great Western due to strike

Workers at First Great Western trains are taking part in a three-day strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The walkout is causing disruption for travellers. The firm is advising people to check before they head out.

The walkout is part of the RMT union's protest over the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains. It follows a 48-hour strike last month and 24 hours of action last week Sunday which led to widespread disruption to services.

The industrial action has not stopped thousands of music fans who turned up for the Reading Festival which started on Thursday. The challenge for the festival-goers will be getting home on Bank Holiday Monday after the event ends.



Thousands of drivers wrongly fined by Dartford Crossing

Thousands of people have been wrongly charged Credit: ITV NEWS

Tens of thousands of drivers have been wrongly fined by the new electronic tolls at the Dartford crossing, ITV News Meridian can reveal.

In the first six months of the scheme it has been disclosed that eighty per cent of motorists who appealed against fines won their case after taking them to an independant adjudicator.

The fine is £70 reduced by half if paid promptly.

37,751 people appealed against the fine they were given with 30,521 winning which is an 81 per cent success rate for appeals.

Around one million penalty notices have now been sent out since the scheme began towards the end of last year. But so far drivers have been given the option of avoiding the fine if they pay the toll.

However, it appears those who appealed were wrongly sent a penalty notice.

Highways England say only a fraction of people have appealed and say the scheme is working.

Under the scheme traditional toll booths have been replaced with an electronic system.

Dart Charge has significantly improved journey times and given drivers more flexibility about how and when they pay. We do all we can to give people maximum opportunity to pay the charge and avoid a penalty.

These figures are evidence that this approach is working: nearly 30 million journeys have been made at the Dartford Crossing since Dart Charge launched and only 3% of issued penalty charges result in a successful challenge.

There is clear and straightforward guidance on how drivers can challenge a Dart Charge penalty, which is included with every Penalty Charge Notice that is issued. We deal with every challenge fairly.

– Highways England
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