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Train services cut as RMT rail strike enters third day

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Passengers face a weekend of disrupted train services as the third and final 24-hour leg of the biggest rail strike in 30 years takes place on Saturday.Rail firms have repeated pleas for people to avoid travelling unless necessary, with only about 20% of trains expected to operate in a limited window.Sunday services will start later and be slightly reduced.

Passengers with advance tickets will be allowed to use them until Tuesday or obtain a full refund.While many commuters have opted to work from home in the week, leaving many of the few trains running only partially occupied, train firms anticipate busier services at the weekend.Some have explicitly urged passengers to stay away from their services, with TransPennine telling anyone going to events such as the Test cricket match in Leeds to use alternative transport.However, Great Western Railway is expecting to run 11 direct specials to return festivalgoers from Glastonbury to London on Sunday.On Saturday 40,000 members of the RMT union will strike in a dispute over pay and conditions on the railways.

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