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RMT Union to stage protest against South Western Railway

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Disability campaigners are to stage a demonstration in support of the long-running protests against changes to the role of guards on trains.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has been embroiled in industrial disputes with five train operators, leading to strikes and other forms of industrial action.

Disabled passengers will protest on April 18 at Waterloo station in London against South Western Railway, one of the companies involved in the bitter row.

The RMT is staging an event in Westminster on April 25 to mark the second anniversary of the guards' row, which started on Southern Railway.

Merseyrail, Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia are also involved in the dispute.

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South Western Railway introduce new peak time trains

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South Western Railway will be introducing longer trains and extra seats during their peak time services today, Monday 11 December until early 2018.

The rail operator says 100 additional carriages will be available, carrying up to 5,000 more passengers on its busiest routes.

The existing trains will be used for other services.

Passengers travelling on their trains are now also able to claim compensation for a journey delay of 15 minutes or more, changing from the previous 30-minute threshold.

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Rail staff vote in favour of strike action

Train services may be affected after RMT union members agreed to walk out. Credit: ITV West Country

Rail services in parts of the region face disruption after South Western Railway staff voted in favour of strike action.

Members of the RMT union have agreed to walk out in a dispute over the role of guards on train services.

South Western Railway took over from South West Trains in August.

A date for the strike has not yet been fixed.