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Southern conductors to be balloted over industrial action

The union is unhappy with rostering arrangements Credit: ITV

Rail Union RMT is to ballot nearly 400 conductors on Southern Rail for strike action and action short of a strike over a range of issues which, they say, have led to a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations. The ballot will open next week and close on 15 December. One of the main issues is rostering. The union is required to give seven days notice in event of any action being taken.

£20m upgrade for Paddington station

Thousands of rail passengers use Paddington station every day

Network Rail is spending twenty million pounds to upgrade Paddington station in London. The project will take 18 months.

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers from Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire use the terminal to enter the capital. Paddington's world famous roof and its passenger areas will be updated. Most of the work will be done overnight to avoid disruption.

Artist's impression of the finished work Credit: Network Rail


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.


Changes to trains after Dartford signalling problem

Southeastern has made some changes to its train timetable after a signalling problem caused major disruption on lines through Dartford.

'Too many near misses' on our railways

There are 'too many' serious near misses on the region's rail network that could have ended in disaster. That's the view of safety watchdogs, who say death and injury are being narrowly avoided too often.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch say half of the most serious incidents over the past two years have been on the lines from our region into Paddington and Waterloo. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has the details.

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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