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New strike dates announced in rail dispute

More strike dates have been announced by a union representing rail staff working on Great Western services.

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Rail union RMT today confirmed further strike dates and action in its disagreement with the company over issues concerning the introduction of a new fleet of Hitachi inter-city trains.

Industrial action is due to take place on the following days:

  • Sunday 23rd August
  • Saturday 29th August
  • Sunday 30th August 2015
  • Monday 31st August

The action follows a48 hour strike last month which led to widespread disruption to services.

More: Rail strike getting "strong public support" says union


Roads closed in suspected chemical spill

A police cordon is in place in Cardiff following a suspected chemical spillage.

The cordon is in place at Seawall Road and Rover Way in Cardiff. Credit: Google Street View

Police and South Wales Fire Service are attending the incident.

Eight fire engines are at the scene of the spill at Seawall and Rover Way in Cardiff and roads are closed to traffic.

The fire service says six unmarked drums spilt their contents on the road and investigations are underway to find out what the contents are.


Teenagers to get discounted bus fares

A new scheme offering 110,000 people aged 16-18 in Wales discounted bus travel is being launched by the First Minister in North Wales today.

The Government funds a fleet of Trawscymru long distance buses, linking areas across Wales. Credit: Welsh Government

Funded by the Welsh Government and developed in partnership with the bus industry and local authorities, the new scheme is designed to help young Welsh people travel to and from training and employment more cheaply.

It is vital that our young people are able to access jobs and training opportunities in Wales more easily. We recognise that travelling costs can sometimes be a barrier and this scheme aims to change that by making it easier and cheaper for 16-18 year olds to travel around Wales.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

The Welsh Government has allocated £5 million to the introduction of the scheme in 2015-16, and a further £9.75 million in 2016-17.

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