Friday Travel Near You

The latest travel news for the roads, rails and waters in the Meridian region on Friday 7 September.

Live updates

  1. Mike Pearse - Transport Correspondent

Delays due to broken down train

Thousands of rail passengers are tonight facing major delays and cancellations after a freight train broke down near Theale in Berkshire. It's understood that engineers will not be able to move the train for another two hours.

Services on the line from Reading to Theale, Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford, Bedwyn and Pewsey are badly hit. Some are delayed by eighty minutes.

Services to the south west are also delayed, with First Great Western drafting in buses to replace trains.

It is the latest in a series of incidents on the line. Current performance is just 82 per cent of trains on time in the Thames Valley. That is ten per cent worse than it should be. First Great Western is currently paying five per cent discounts to season ticket holders.

Delays on First Great Western

Disruption on First Great Western London bound between Taunton and Reading due to broken down train between Newbury and Reading.Some trains may be delayed by up to 45 minutes, while other services may not call at stations between Westbury and Reading.

Road transport is being arranged to run between Newbury and Reading.


Police appeal following M2 crash

Police are urging people to come forward, including the driver of a white motor home following a fatal crash on the M2 yesterday.

An elderly man died and a woman was seriously injured in the accident between junctions 3 and 4 for Gillingham.

Meridian spoke to Inspector Martin Stevens from Kent Police.


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