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PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - One commuter said she will pay an extra £10 to get the bus to work over two days this week
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Rail users from across the country are bracing for three days of disruptive strikes this week, as more than 40,000 workers gear up for the largest stoppage on the rail network in more than 30 years. It's believed that Cornwall will be impacted the most with the county 'cut off' from elsewhere. No trains will run at all in Cornwall with routes terminating at Plymouth for three days in a wave of action. There will be no trains running in or out of the county on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, as 15 train companies strike over pay and terms and conditions. Great Western Railway has announced its planned timetable to operate this week as industrial action by the RMT union at train operators across the industry and Network Rail is expected to severely affect services. As a result, GWR have urged people only to travel if absolutely necessary. The train operator has confirmed there will not be any bus replacement services. Services that are running on non-strike days are expected to be extremely busy. Read more: Teen, 15, has been missing since this morning This afternoon, at rush hour, CornwallLive spoke to travellers and commuters at Truro train station about how the strikes will impact them, and whether they support the action. Anna works in Truro's Boots Chemist and uses the train daily Monday through Friday to commute from her home in Redruth. She said the strikes are affecting her significantly and she will have to get the bus on two days as an alternative - at an additional cost of £10 despite having a rail ticket. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now She said she is "quite annoyed" and believes workers could have "gone about it a different way". She said she also works with people who have no nearby bus routes and won't be able to get to work altogether as a result, while she will have to fork out extra. Get the best stories about the things you love most curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you love here.
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. "I'm all in favour of it," she explained. "And although it's inconvenienced me because I can't get up north for my friends 60th birthday, I really think my moral standing on it is that I completely agree with them."
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She uses the train "all the time" but not for commuting and she's "all in favour" of the strikes even if others disagree - and thinks people should have some more compassion, saying they would do the same if it was their workplace. A retired couple, who live in Truro, but asked to remain anonymous, explained that they are not commuters but have no car - meaning that it's just their days out will be affected this week. "We're not commuters but we have no car but I'm retired and for us it just means that our days out might be slightly cut out. There are buses but they take a lot longer and I feel sorry for the students." Speaking of the additional cost of having to pay for buses and fuel she said: "A lot of people cant afford this, but also its the ease because not everybody's got a car". Passengers also told us earlier today about their journey disruption - and sympathies - amid being caught up in the strikes. A railway employee, who works on a platform in Cornwall, told CornwallLive over the weekend that he feels undervalued for what he says can be life-saving work. He said: “When I signed up for this job it was genuinely so I could do a worthwhile role where I helped people and I know I achieve that every day. What I didn't really think about was that it wouldn't just be helping that elderly guy with his suitcase or that couple with their bikes but it would also be that woman who is suffering from domestic abuse or that guy being harassed because he is gay. "I didn't realise it would be that teenager on the track who wants to commit suicide or that elderly woman who has Alzheimer's and doesn't know why she is at a train station. I didn't think I'd be helping the police to find runaway children and catch drug dealers. "I've been spat at, called every name under the sun, threatened with violence but I still have a smile on my face, maybe because I know I am earning the money to get my daughter through university or take that trip away with my wife, or maybe I'm smiling because I know I'm helping those people that deserve it.”
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