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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?

Work on controversial Metrobus route begins

Protesters occupied trees at Stapleton allotments to try to stop them being destroyed for the Metrobus route Credit: ITV News

Work on the two-year construction of the Stoke Gifford by-pass gets underway today.

It's part of the controversial Metrobus route which led to hundreds of protesters camping in trees in the Stapleton allotments.

That area of land will now be developed to make way for the new route. Evicting the protesters cost taxpayers over £1 million.

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Rail minister 'proud' of women-only carriages idea

Rail Minister and Devizes MP Claire Perry says she's "proud" to have suggested women-only train carriages last year as a way of making the railways safer.

Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has come in for a string of criticism for suggesting the same thing in a speech last night. He said the idea could provide a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport.

In an interview with Ian Axton, Perry said she wasn't embarrassed that she came up with the idea and commissioned research into it from Middlesex University - research which changed her views.

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Bristol airport reopens after suspicious package alert

Bristaol airport was evacuated for more than six hours overnight after an alert over a suspicious package on an inbound flight.

The airport was locked down after the discovery on a Ryanair flight from Alicante in southern Spain, with a dozen flights diverted to other locations.

It has reopened after police gave it the all-clear but delays are expected to affect flights today.

An airport spokeswoman said the package was found during a routine inspection of the plane.

She said: "Passengers were evacuated from the terminal as a precaution and the airport was temporarily closed to air traffic, reopening at approximately 5:45am after police were satisfied that the item did not represent a threat."

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First Great Western staff strike to go ahead

First Great Western staff are due to strike this weekend. Credit: PA Images

First Great Western staff are due to strike this weekend after talks failed to resolve a row over staffing levels on the new Hitachi Inter City trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union will walk out for 24 hours this Sunday.

The company says it hopes to run around 70% of services but has warned trains may be busy and there will be limited food and drink services on-board.

Passengers will be offered a refund if they have already booked a ticket but choose not to travel.

A three day strike is also planned for the bank holiday weekend,

Rise in sexual crimes on West Country rail network

British Transport Police say sexual offences on our rail network are up 33%. Credit: ITV West Country

There has been a big rise in sexual offences on the region's rail network, according to figures out today from the British Transport Police.

There were 55 incidents last year - that's up 33 per cent. But the force says overall crime is down for the eleventh year in a row.

It follows a campaign to target lines with the worst problems and deploy more officers at night and weekends.

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First Great Western details rail service plans during strikes

Services on First Great Western will be reduced if planned strikes go ahead Credit: ITV News

First Great Western has released details of disruption to its services in the South West if planned strikes by workers go ahead in the coming weeks.

First Great Western (FGW) said long distance and local services will be reduced on August 23 and over the bank holiday weekend.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are due to take industrial action in a row over new trains, which they say threaten jobs and services.

First Great Western managing director Mark Hopwood said: "These brand new trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. Our plans mean more train managers on board our trains, not less.

"The key issue remains that we want the driver to close the doors - which is fundamental to our ability to run the faster, more frequent services customers should expect from a 21st century railway. This method has been used safely across the UK rail industry for decades."

FGW said it expects to run most of its London Thames Valley trains, but services including those between South Wales and London, Plymouth and London, Cardiff and Portsmouth, Bristol and Taunton and Bristol and Gloucester will be affected.

No service will run between Weymouth and Westbury, while some services in Devon and Cornwall will be cancelled.

The RMT said it disputed the level of services the company could run on strike days.

Bristol drivers face six months of disruption as vital bridge closes

Drivers face six months of delays as a vital route in and out of Bristol shuts for refurbishment.

Prince Street Bridge will begin essential structural refurbishment works from August 17. The work will see the bridge in the fully open position while the surface and the decking, as well as corroded crossbeams, are replaced.

A three metre wide temporary footbridge with ramps and landings will be installed to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross over from Prince Street to Wapping Road in both directions.

The bridge will be shut to vehicles from August 17, with full closure happening a month later on September 29 once the temporary bridge is built.

It is hoped it will re-open in early April 2016.

Prince Street bridge is heavily corroded and requires this vital work to ensure the continued success of our thriving harbour, and safeguarding the smooth operation of the swing bridge also prevents future disruption.

This is a busy route for all road users and we have ensured that pedestrians and cyclists will continue to cross the harbour at this point. We do, however, appreciate the frustrations of motorists who use this route in and out of the city centre and we apologise for any inconvenience caused while we carry out this essential work.

– Peter Mann, Bristol City Council Service Director for Transport
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