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Rail strike brings widespread disruption to Great Britain

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Rail passengers around Great Britain face another day of widespread disruption on Saturday owing to a strike by train drivers at seven operating companies.The industrial action by members of the Aslef union represents the biggest strike by drivers in decades and will halt some train operators’ services.The services affected include West Midlands Trains, which runs to sporting venues around Birmingham, the host city of the Commonwealth Games.Rail bosses accused the union of targeting its action on the opening weekend of both the Games and the new English football league season.Intercity services on LNER, which runs from London to Scotland via Leeds, will be vastly reduced.

Great Western services will be severely curtailed. All Heathrow Express trains are cancelled and no GWR services will run west of Bristol into Wales.A minimal Greater Anglia service, and just one Hull Trains service in each direction, will operate.

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