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FGW Intercity services via Newbury hit by rail strike

Other FGW Newbury to London services unaffected

Jane Meredith

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FGW Intercity services via Newbury hit by rail strike

Intercity services via Newbury have today (Thurs) been hit by the First Great Western Rail strike, with the rail company's other Newbury to London services so far unaffected.

First Great Western (FGW) spokesman, James Davis has confirmed the hourly Intercity service from London to Devon and Cornwall, via Newbury, has been reduced to two hourly due to the strike.

Other FGW services from Newbury to London Paddington were so far unaffected.

Last ditch talks yesterday (Wed) failed to head off the rail strike, over safety and job loss fears, which began yesterday evening (Wed),  and is set to last until and including Saturday (Jul 11).

Last night (Wed), people were definitely avoiding the trains between Reading and Newbury as the attached photograph - taken at 8.30pm - shows.

FGW  have said rail services will be "significantly affected," throughout the strike, however in a statement advised customers with tickets for the dates affected should: "travel - where feasible."

Those planning a train journey to Cardiff to watch England V Australia in the Ashes Test cricket matches today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) were advised to check the FGW website for details under 'Special Events.'

An overtime ban on Saturday July 11 could also mean late notice changes - or possible cancellations - and the statement continued:

"Levels of service will vary by area due to the availability of trained staff to safely operate services, but we hope there will only be minor alterations."

FGW car park permit holders will be able to use their permit in another FGW station car park, however it is unlikely that seat reservations will be honoured, according to FGW.

The following rail services will not run, according to FGW:

Between Severn Beach and Bristol Temple Meads

Between Looe and Liskeard

Between Newquay and Par

Between Falmouth and Truro

Between Greenford and London Paddington

Between Plymouth and Gunnislake

Between Weymouth and Westbury

The 22.45pm service from London Paddington will also not run on the strike days. Instead the 23.30pm service will depart at 23.45 and terminate at Bristol Temple Meads.

For more information, including refunds policy,  visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk, Twitter - @fgw (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), or telephone  0345 7000 125 (7am – 10pm every day)

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