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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.

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