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  • Rail disruption expected as RMT prepares for three days of strikesSouth Western passengers to be hardest hit as union calls for walkouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday over role of guardsCommuters are facing a week of disruption as workers in five rail companies prepare for strike action over the role of train guards.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the first full week back at work following the festive break after last-ditch talks collapsed. Continue reading...

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  • Scotland’s busiest bridge set for months of delays [Subscription]Motorists have been warned to expect delays of up to 20 minutes on the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow during three months of roadworks. The bridge is the busiest in Scotland and carries 150,000 vehicles a day. Traffic restrictions will be in place on the eastbound carriageway, including a 40mph speed limit.

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  • Bradford rail passengers affected by fresh wave of strikesWorkers at the Bradford district’s largest train operating company Northern are staging a fresh wave of strikes in the bitter disputes over the role of guards, causing disruption to services in the first full week back to work after the festive break.

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  • RMT calls for summit to break DOO deadlock Five train operators are set to be affected by strikes this week, starting today, but the RMT wants a summit to be held over the vexed question of driver-operated trains. The operators are Greater Anglia, Merseyrail, Northern and South Western Railway, where walkouts are scheduled for today, Wednesday and Friday, while a further strike has been called on Southern for today only. RMT general secretary Mick Cash has insisted that while the strikes are going ahead, the RMT is also ready to resume talks.

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