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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.

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Rail passengers face disruption on final day of the strike

Going nowhere fast - passengers are being urged to check before travelling today Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rail passengers planning to travel on First Great Western face another day of disruption with the continuation of a strike that started last Friday.

Services in some areas are badly affected by action from the RMT union over the introduction of new high-speed trains. The walk out is due to finish at midnight.

Bank holiday rail misery in Devon

Members of the RMT union are walking out for three days Credit: ITV News

Passengers setting off on a bank holiday getaway are facing travel chaos today as trains are disrupted by striking rail workers and engineering works

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at First Great Western are walking out for three days in a row over new trains.

The action will disrupt FGW services, with a large number of cancellations.

Barnstaple station was busy this afternoon as passengers had been waiting more than three hours for a train to Exeter. Some were complaining that they would miss connecting trains and lose their reserved seats.

Barnstaple station was busy this afternoon as passengers had been waiting more than three hours for a train to Exeter Credit: itv

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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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?

Bank Holiday rail strike to go ahead

Train services over the bank holiday weekend will be affected by the strike Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A Bank Holiday strike by workers at First Great Western, which runs services from London to the South West, is set to go ahead after talks failed to lead to an agreement.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at the leading rail company are due to walk out for three days from Saturday in a row over new trains.

The union is in dispute over new high speed trains which it says will hit jobs and on-board catering.

The move will affect train services over the bank holiday weekend.

Fresh talks aim to avert another rail strike

Further talks are being held today in an attempt to avert another strike. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Rail services have returned to normal after a 24-hour strike disrupted First Great Western services in the region.

Members of the RMT Union walked out in an ongoing dispute over the introduction of high speed trains in 2017. 30% of Sunday services were affected.

Further talks are being held in Bristol today in an attempt to avert another 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.

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