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Tube returns to 'normal' service as rail strike continues

Tube strikes put additional pressure on bus services in London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

London Underground is set to resume a "normal" service today after strikes caused widespread disruption in the capital.

In a short message posted online, Transport for London managing director Mike Brown apologised for Thursday's "difficult day".

However, First Great Western trains will still be disrupted as a 48-hour strike continues.

Among the services affected will be trains between south Wales and London, which will run every hour instead of half-hour.

Services to Devon and Cornwall will also remain reduced from once an hour to once every two hours.

More information can be found on the First Great Western website.

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Trains running during strike 'dangerously overcrowded'

The RMT union have criticised the trains running during the strike. Credit: ITV News

A rail union have called the train services running during the current 48-hour strike unsafe.

The RMT union, whose members are striking in a dispute over job losses, safety and buffet cars on new trains, say First Great Western's current emergency "skeleton service", is "dangerously overcrowded" and staffed by people without the right training.

The union say they will be taking this up formally.

First Great Western denied that the trains are overcrowded, and told us staff working on them are fully trained.

"We've got fully competent managers working on these trains who would normally manage the people who are striking.

"Our utmost priority is keeping people moving safely and as quickly as possible."

"Our approach to keeping trains moving during this process has been sanctioned by the Rail Safety Standards Board - we would not be able to run these services if it hadn't been."

– First Great Western
First Great Western staff picketing Bristol Temple Meads station. Credit: ITV News

The 48-hour strike started on Wednesday night and is set to end at 6.30pm on Friday evening. Staff have been out picketing stations today.

"The anger of staff is clear as the action bites and it is now down to the company to recognise that and get back round the table to address the serious issues at the core of this dispute."

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

First Great Western say 10% fewer staff have walked out than they were expecting; however the strike has still affected almost 40% of their services.

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