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Thousands hit by rail strikes across country

Thousands of passengers will have their travel disrupted as workers on two of the country's train operators strike again.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union on South Western Railway are continuing a 48-hour strike that began on Friday morning, while workers on Arriva Rail North (Northern) are holding their seventh of nine planned 24-hour walkouts.
Northern will run only around 30% of services, with a severely reduced service before 9am and after 6pm.South Western Railway will operate around half of its normal timetable and its network will also be affected by engineering work.At the centre of the dispute are plans to remove guards and create driver-only trains.The RMT said a survey of 800 guards showed the "vital" role they play in passenger safety.
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