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Rail workers vote to strike against First Great Western

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Rail workers have voted to strike against First Great Western in a dispute over safety and jobs.

The RMT union say they have raised concerns over new hi-tech Super Express trains, including the need to keep safety-trained guards on trains and possible job losses, but that these have not been resolved.

80% of the union's First Great Western members voted for strike action. RMT say they are open for further talks, and considering their next move.

Completing rail electrification is a 'top priority' Government says

Completing the electrification of the Great Western line between London and the West is a top priority, the Transport Secretary has announced.

It means that two other major schemes - in the Midlands and across the Pennines - will be delayed.

Patrick McLoughlin told MPs that delays and problems, which have seen the costs treble to £1.7bn, "could and should" have been foreseen by Network Rail, whose chairman is being replaced.

Later, he told Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy there were "big engineering challenges" but new trains should be operating on the electrified line in 2017 or 2018 (a year later than originally planned).

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Person hit by train near Bristol

Some trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa may be cancelled due to a person being hit by a train.

Currently all lines are blocked and train operator First Great Western says customers should check before they travel.

Train named after Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis founded the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. Credit: First Great Western

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has had a train named after him at Paddington Station today.

The ceremony in London saw Mr Eavis' name and the Glastonbury logo put on a First Great Western train, which will run between London, Wales and the South West.

Extra trains will be getting festival-goers to Glastonbury this year - including this one. Credit: First Great Western

One of its stops is Castle Cary, the nearest station to the festival's site in Somerset. Fifty extra trains will be travelling this route during this year's event in June - the 45th year the festival has run.

Act confirmed for this year include Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and Motörhead.

Jay-Z performing at Glastonbury in 2008. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Easter travel disruption latest: 'Plans in place' to get you home

Train services have been disrupted over the long weekend due to engineering works. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rail companies say they've prepared contingency plans to make sure passengers get home if weekend engineering works overrun.

Services across the west country have been disrupted over Easter because of work taking place further up the line at Reading. Network Rail has promised to prevent a repeat of the chaos that happened over Christmas.

It's a real consideration, and we've been working closely with Network Rail to ensure that there are contingency plans in place should that happen. We'll be letting people know as soon as we know if there's a problem, but at the moment everything is running to time.

– Dan Panes, First Great Western

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Trains disrupted after vehicle hits Wiltshire bridge

There is disruption on First Great Western services between Bristol Temple Meads and Salisbury after a road vehicle hit a bridge at Trowbridge.

All services on this line may be delayed, cancelled or diverted

TRAINS: Delays after vehicle hits bridge in Wiltshire

There is disruption on First Great Western and South West Trains in Wiltshire after a vehicle went into a railway bridge. All lines between Trowbridge and Westbury are blocked and it is not clear when normal service will resume.

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