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Rail strikes to continue causing possible disruptions

Credit: SWR

Members of the RMT union have planned a number of strikes this month over the role of train guards, possibly causing disruption to rail services on some of South Western Railway's busiest routes.

The strikes are being held over the following two Saturdays as well as a 48-hour walk-out at the end of the month. It follows the failure of talks earlier this week.

SWR says it has offered a similar deal to one accepted by the RMT on Greater Anglia, but this is denied by the union.

South Western Railway says it has put together plans to run a full timetable on the chosen dates.

The 24-hour strikes that have been planned from midnight to 11.59pm on:

  • Saturday 4 August 2018
  • Saturday 11 August 2018
  • Saturday 18 August 2018

A 48-hour strike has also been planned from midnight to 11.59pm from Friday 31 August to Saturday 1 September.

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Great Western Railway do not expect snow to disrupt services tomorrow

GWR say snow is not as much as of a problem for railways as any other sort of bad weather. Credit: PA

Great Western Railway says it does not anticipate widespread disruption to services tomorrow and the operator is not pro-actively changing its timetables.

The company says snow is not as much as of a problem for railways as any other sort of bad weather.

GWR adds its biggest problem during periods of poor weather is usually drivers getting to work.

According to the operator, Network Rail is busy gritting tracks in advance of another snowy day.

GWR also says today's services are not being affected by the onset of snowy weather.

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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.

Person hit by train between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads

The incident happened between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa. Credit: ITV West Country

A person has been hit by a train between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.

National Rail says the incident is causing disruption to journeys between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.

This is expected to continue until 20:45.

National Rail says services between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads may be diverted between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads not serving Chippenham or Bath Spa

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