3 day First Great Western strike goes ahead after talks stall

A three day strike disrupted First Great Western services during the August bank holiday after the latest talks stalled. The RMT union called the walk-outs between Saturday 29th August and Monday 31st August in a row over new trains.

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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

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The rail strike: what's it all about?

A three day strike which has been affecting First Great Western services is due to end this evening.

The RMT union has called the walk-outs between Saturday 29th August and Monday 31st August in a row over new trains. Our reporter Jonty Messer hears the arguments for and against:

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First Great Western strike goes ahead

First Great Western say they hope to run around 70% of services today Credit: ITV News

First Great Western say they hope to run around 70% of services today despite a strike by members of the RMT union.

The company say worst hit will be long distance trains which pass through Swindon.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel. The long running row is over the introduction of new high speed trains.

The strike will end at midnight.

But this is the first of a series of strikes that will hit millions of passengers over the next nine days.

There is also a three day strike planned at First Great Western for next weekend which could affect many Bank Holiday plans for tourists visiting the region.

Final talks to try to resolve the dispute will be held tomorrow.

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Fresh talks aimed at averting 3 day strike by First Great Western staff

Talks will be held today between the company and the union Credit: ITV NEWS MERIDIAN

Talks are to be held today in a fresh attempt to avert three days of strike action at First Great Western.

The RMT union has called the walk-outs between Saturday 29th August and Monday 31st August in a row over new trains. They say the new high speed Hitachi trains will lead to job losses and buffet cars being axed.

The company say more staff will be needed to work on the trains and buffet cars will be replaced with seats to ease the overcrowding crisis and there will be refreshment trolleys.

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