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The South West's new Hitachi trains to be built in Japan

The new high-speed trains will be introduced in 2017 Credit: First Great Western

It's been confirmed 29 new Hitachi trains planned for the West Country will be built thousands of miles away in Japan.

The news comes as a factory opened today in County Durham - to build another fleet of trains for First Great Western.

The rail Union RMT argues it is a big loss of jobs for workers here.

The government says it is still a boost for every region served by the trains as parts are made in them, creating thousands of jobs in the UK.

Rail travel returning to normal after bank holiday chaos

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Rail journeys are returning to normal after three days of strike action on First Great Western services.

Members of the RMT union walked out over issues relating to the introduction of new high-speed trains.

After three days of reduced services and cancellations, many passengers were feeling frustrated.


Travel chaos for some as rail strike nears its end

The RMT Union's strike action is taking place during one of the busiest weekends of the year.

After three days of reduced services and cancellations, many passengers were feeling frustrated.

RMT Union members are striking over new high-speed trains which should be in service in 2017. They will have no guards, which union members says is unsafe.

The guards' role is a pivotal role on the train, as indeed are the dispatch staff...they want to put all those responsibilities on the driver.

We believe that undermines safety on the train.

– Brendan Kelly, RMT Regional Organiser

First Great Western workers due to walk out tonight

A three-day rail strike is due to start from midnight tonight. Credit: PA

First Great Western rail staff will be walking out from midnight tonight - marking the beginning of a three day strike.

Members of the RMT union say the company have failed to guarantee that jobs will be protected when new high-speed trains are introduced in 2017.

Passengers are being urged to check their travel plans.


RAIL STRIKE: Will your journey be affected?

Are your Bank Holiday travel plans on track? Credit: PA

Members of the RMT Union are due to walk out just after midnight on Friday night for three days after talks with First Great Western failed.

It is one of the busiest weekends of the year as people make a last trip before school starts.

You can check with First Great Western here to see if your journey will be affected?

Bristol talks aim to prevent another rail strike

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Further talks will be held in Bristol today in an attempt to avert another First Great Western rail strike.

A three-day stoppage is planned over the Bank Holiday weekend by the RMT union, on top of yesterday's action.

The dispute is over the buffet service and the role of guards on new electric trains being introduced in 2017.

First Great Western strike goes ahead

First Great Western say they hope to run around 70% of services today Credit: ITV News

First Great Western say they hope to run around 70% of services today despite a strike by members of the RMT union.

The company say worst hit will be long distance trains which pass through Swindon.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel. The long running row is over the introduction of new high speed trains.

The strike will end at midnight.

But this is the first of a series of strikes that will hit millions of passengers over the next nine days.

There is also a three day strike planned at First Great Western for next weekend which could affect many Bank Holiday plans for tourists visiting the region.

Final talks to try to resolve the dispute will be held tomorrow.

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