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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.
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 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.
A331 London bound partially blocked due to accident, a car and a lorry involved at M3 J4 (Camberley). On the roundabout.
The emergency services are attending to an accident on the roundabout near the southbound exit slip. Speed sensors indicate traffic is coping well on the main carriageway.
Delays of up to 15 minutes on Southeastern between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks due to earlier signalling problem at Hildenborough. Trains are having to run at reduced speeds on all lines, causing delays. There is no current estimate for when a normal service will resume.
The M3 Westbound lane closed on entry slip road due to broken down vehicle at J3 A322 (Bagshot / Lightwater).
Slow traffic due to earlier accident on M27 Eastbound between J11 A27 (Fareham / Gosport) and J12 M275 (Portsmouth). On the hard shoulder.
Three lanes closed due to multi-vehicle accident on M20 coastbound between J8 A20 (Leeds Castle / Maidstone Services) and J9 A20 (Ashford/Faversham).