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Second day of rail strikes start after talks collapse in acrimony

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A second day of strike action is underway on Thursday after talks to avert the stoppage collapsed in rancour on Wednesday night.Millions of passengers face disruption to train services across Britain as 40,000 RMT members working for Network Rail and 13 train operating companies stage their second strike in a week.Just one in five trains will run on Thursday, with services only running between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

Trains will mostly be restricted to main lines, with around half of the network closed. Passengers are being asked to travel only if necessary.The government plans to change the law – repealing “burdensome” legal restrictions – to enable businesses to supply temporary agency workers to cover for staff on strike during industrial action.

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