The first of a fleet of new overcrowding busting commuter trains for the Thames Valley will start running from Maidenhead to Paddington from May, it has just been announced. Reading and Didcot will follow in January. It is also confirmed the new Elizabeth line (Crossrail), with services direct to central London and the City from Reading, will run from the end of 2019. The new electric trains run by Great Western Railway could only travel to Hayes until now because the work needs to be completed on more of the line. It is part of the £2.8 billion upgrade of the Great Western line, the biggest ever of its type. Work to electrify the line to Maidenhead from Paddington, part of the Crossrail scheme, is now complete allowing the next stage of the electrification project to open. The new electric trains will have more seats and carriages to ease crowding. Work to electrify the lines to Newbury, Didcot, Swindon and Oxford as well the the routes to Bristol and Wales continue. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was given exclusive access to see how work was progressing at Wantage in Oxfordshire.
In a wide-ranging interview on Good Morning Britain, the scientist discussed his views on Brexit, President Trump and Jeremy Corbyn.Read the full story ›
Its taken seven years of planning, development and construction, but this weekend the first of 116 wind turbines off the coast of Brighton touched the sky.
The entire project isn't due to come online until 2018 but, with the sun shining, residents have been given their first glimpse of what clean energy for more than 300,000 homes looks like.
Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Tomlinson of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
The first wind turbine has been installed at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, 13km off the Sussex coast.Read the full story ›
Energy bills have been rising but for some customers in the region they're being told their heating is costing as much as £28,000 a day.Read the full story ›
Basingstoke-based company Media Tactics has been fined £270,000 for making automated marketing calls to consumers.Read the full story ›
An investigation by ITV's Tonight programme is claiming that the installation of energy smart meters could cost householders more than £11 billion. The programme also says consumers should be wary of claims that the meters are free, as there is no legislation to make energy companies pass on financial benefits to customers. The government insists the claims don't reflect the benefits of the meters. Kevin Ashford reports
It's 50 years this month since Donald Campbell was killed in his speedboat Bluebird on Coniston Water in the Lake District.
It was a team of engineers from Sussex who helped Campbell set many world records before his tragic death.
Now, their groundbreaking work designing his boats and cars has been officially recognised thanks to Burgess Hill District Lions Club, as Malcolm Shaw reports.
An innovative cluster of technology-led companies has been announced as the first tenants of the Thames Valley Science Park. The ‘Gateway’ building at the University of Reading’s Thames Valley Science Park is expected to open in August this year and will provide 70,000 square foot of specialist space for innovation led and technology based companies. Approximately 20 companies are expected to fill the building, including:
Biointeractions – a specialist bio-medical company that provides biocompatible solutions for the worldwide medical and pharmaceutical industry
Clasado – leading experts in the field of gut wellness
Dextra Laboratories – who are developing specialist carbohydrates for the pharmaceutical industry
Fairsail – a fast growing provider of innovative, cloud based human resource management software.
They can blind pilots and could cause a plane crash - now there are calls for high powered laser pens to be classed as offensive weapons. Kerry Swain reports.