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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.

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.

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FGW strike set to go ahead after talks broke down

Staff who work for First Great Western will walk out on Sunday Credit: PA

A strike by workers at First Great Western, which runs services across the South East and Thames Valley is set to go ahead this weekend after talks failed to resolve a row over new trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 24 hours on Sunday, disrupting services.

"We have held a positive meeting with the RMT and while, disappointingly, no agreement has been reached, we plan to meet again on Monday. This means that the strike action planned by the RMT on Sunday is likely to go ahead.

"Trains will run to an amended timetable, with around 70% of our regular Sunday service running. Customers should check before they travel.

"The brand new Super Express Trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. Our plans mean more train managers and customer hosts on board our trains, not less."

– First Great Western spokesman
First Great Western staff striking Credit: ITV News

"Despite strenuous efforts we have failed to reach an agreement with First Great Western on the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains. As a result the action this Sunday goes ahead. The union remains available for talks."

– A union spokesman

Union members are also due to strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The union says new trains will lead to job losses and cuts to on board catering facilities.

FGW strike set to go ahead

A strike by workers at First Great Western is set to go ahead this weekend Credit: PA

A strike by workers at First Great Western is set to go ahead this weekend after talks failed to resolve a row over new trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 24 hours on Sunday, disrupting services.

A union spokesman said: "Despite strenuous efforts we have failed to reach agreement with First Great Western on the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains. As a result the action this Sunday goes ahead. The union remains available for talks."

"We have held a positive meeting with the RMT today and while, disappointingly, no agreement has been reached, we plan to meet again on Monday. This means that the strike action planned by the RMT on Sunday is likely to go ahead.

"Trains will run to an amended timetable, with around 70% of our regular Sunday service running. Customers should check before they travel. The brand new Super Express Trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. "Our plans mean more train managers and customer hosts on board our trains, not less."

– First Great Western spokesman

Union members are also due to strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The union says new trains will lead to job losses and cuts to on board catering.

Railway workers to stage two strikes next month

A new pay offer has been rejected Credit: ITV

RMT workers are to stage a 24-hour and 48-hour strike next month after rejecting a new pay offer from Network Rail.

Members of the union at Network Rail will walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on 4 June and for 48 hours from the same time on 9 June.

The workers - including signallers and maintenance staff - will also ban any overtime between 6 - 12 June.

The industrial action is expected to cause widespread disruption to rail travel.

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French strike could cause delays in Dover

The Port of Dover is advisng customers and the local community of potential industrial action in the Port of Calais on Monday 8th December 2014, currently suggested to be between 08h00 and 18h00 local time. This may have an adverse impact on ferry services and capacity at the Port of Dover.

It is unclear how severely services may be affected. The Port of Calais does intend to keep a number of berths open for use throughout the day, although the number may be less than usual. Customers wishing to travel on Monday are strongly advised, where possible, to travel ahead of the possible action period.

Port of Calais strike Credit: PA

The Port of Dover, together with its major ferry partners, will do all that it can to minimise any customer delays and community impact but some disruption should be anticipated from a situation beyond its control.

Due to the current high volumes of seasonal traffic and the potential disruption, there may be queues on the approach roads to the Port of Dover. Customers are therefore advised to allow plenty of time for their journey and the community should consider using alternative local routes to move around the area where possible.

Delays expected at the Port of Dover Credit: PA
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