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August bank holiday 3-day rail strike still set to go-ahead

Union talks with First Great Western stalemate

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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An August bank holiday, three-day rail strike, affecting First Great Western train services, is still set to go-ahead, after further talks with union representatives stalemated yesterday (Mon).

The action was "Still on,"  according to the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union today (Tues), following further discussions with train operator First Great Western yesterday.

This follows a 24-hour strike on Sunday, which saw 70 per cent of FGW services run as normal, according to the operator, who described yesterday's talks as "positive," after putting a revised offer on the table.

Further talks are to take place later this week.

The dispute revolves around the introduction of Hitachi Inter City Express trains - set to deliver more seats and faster journey times.

Issues which the RMT said had not been resolved include the proposed introduction of driver-only operation, with door operation procedures to transfer from the guard to the driver.

The removal of buffet cars and introduction of on board catering facilities (trolley service) was also among staffing issues.

The first Hitachi Class 800 Super Express train, which  arrived in February for testing, will run on the Great Western main line from 2017 and the East Coast main line from 2018.

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