STRIKE action is set to cause disruption to rail passengers again this week.

Industrial action will impact county passengers on Wednesday and Saturday.


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This follows planned industrial action by the RMT, Aslef and the TSSA unions which will 'severely affect rail services', Great Western Railway has warned.

On both strike days an extremely limited service will operate between 7am and 6.30pm. The last trains will also leave much earlier.

On non-strike days, no services will run before 7am.

Due to the timing of the strike action, services either side of the strike days will also be affected up to and including Sunday, July 31.

No services will operate on the North Cotswolds line (Hereford/Worcester-Oxford) or on the Worcester/-Gloucester-Bristol on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Great Western Railway said passengers were advised to find alternative ways to travel during the strike period and to only travel if absolutely necessary.

A spokesperson added: "The majority of train services will not operate and there will be no services on some routes.

"GWR will operate as many trains as possible during the strike action, however, most train services will be affected on the days announced.

With train drivers set to strike on Saturday, July 30, GWR expects to operate even fewer services on the second of the two strike days.

On Saturday an extremely limited service will only operate on following routes - Bristol Temple Meads-London Paddington; Bristol Temple Meads-Cardiff Central; Reading to Oxford; Reading to Basingstoke. 

No other GWR services will run.

Services will also start later and finish much earlier than normal.

Customers who have already purchased tickets can claim a full refund or amend their ticket.

Those who travel and are delayed may be entitled to delay repay compensation if they are delayed by 15 minutes or more.

Season ticket holders can apply for compensation through the Delay Repay scheme.

A spokesperson said: "Where GWR is able to run services, they are expected to be extremely busy.

"The train operator is not able to provide bus replacement services. To help customers, GWR is allowing people with tickets for travel on strike days to be able to travel on the day before and up to and including Tuesday, August 2."

The RMT has also announced further strike dates on Thursday, August 18 and Saturday, August 20.

The RMT has confirmed in a statement that over 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will walkout on Wednesday after no breakthrough in talks.