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South Western Railway workers to strike in November

South Western Railway workers will go on strike for 48 hours. Credit: ITV News

Workers for several railway services will go on strike in November.

Southern, South Western Railway and Greater Anglia workers will go on strike for 48 hours from 8 November.

Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North workers will strike for 24 hours.

It carries on disputes over the role of guards, the RMT union has said.

Trains suspended between Gloucester and Swindon until 12.00

Credit: ITV News

Great Western Railway services have been suspended between Gloucester and Swindon because of a signalling problem.

The company is working to arrange a bus replacement service.

During incidents like this, trains would normally divert via Yate and Bristol Parkway.

However, this route is also closed due to engineering work.

GWR says trains should be running by 12.00 and commuters can find updates on the National Rail website.

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What do you think of the rail fares increase?

The cost of regulated rail fares are set to increase by 3.6%from January 2018, comparing to 2017's 1.9% increase. The new increase will be the highest for the past five years.

Rail workers are also set to host a series of protests around the country, warning passengers they are paying "more for less".

Commuters in Plymouth and Bristol expressed their frustration at the news:

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Autumn Statement: huge investment in transport

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund of £23 billion to be spent on innovation and infrastructure over next five years.

Setting out his first Autumn Statement, Mr Hammond said the fund will "directly contribute" to raising Britain's productivity.

The new funding commitments include an additional £1.1bn of investment in English local transport networks.

Details of allocation are yet to emerge - so it is not yet clear how the West Country will actually benefit, and no guarantees that this extra funding will come our way.

However, a hint dropped by the Prime Minister to a South West MP could mean that the West Country is likely to receive more support for its rail infrastructure.

It was a timely announcement - the region is still suffering from a 48 hour disruption on the trains to and from the South West after a spate of bad weather caused flooding and debris on rail routes.

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