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New electric trains face delays weeks after launch

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Network Rail's new electric train service between Maidenhead and Paddington was facing delays this morning just weeks after it was launched.

The problem was with a loss of power causing up to 20 minute delays on all services into Paddington.

The electrification project is years late and at £2.8 billion it is three times over budget.

New electric trains started operating between Maidenhead and Paddington last month.

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Power was lost between Paddington and Maidenhead and an investigation is now underway to look into this. Power to the wires which run above the track was lost between Paddington and Maidenhead at 7.45am with the power being reset at 7.57am. This followed reports of arching of wires near West Ealing and Network Rail engineers are now looking into the issue and why it happened."

– Network Rail Spokesperson
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New commuter trains to cut overcrowding

The first of a new generation of electric commuter trains to cut overcrowding in the Thames Valley is being introduced on the network on Monday.

The first trains will run from Maidenhead - but the £2.8 billion project remains late and over budget with work to Oxford, Swindon, Newbury and Basingstoke still to be completed.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been given exclusive access to the new carriages at Maidenhead.

Mike spoke to commuter Jon Swab, Andy Mellors from Great Western Railway and Martin Coker from the Maidenhead Passengers Association.


Pedestrian dies after cemetery car collision

The fatal collision took place on Tuesday 14th February

A pedestrian who was involved with a collision with a car in a cemetery in Maidenhead has died in hospital.

The 47-year-old man from Windsor was in the grounds of Braywick Cemetery, when he was in a collision with a blue Hyundai i30 car. The vehicle was travelling on a road within the cemetery grounds,

The accident happened shortly after 3.15pm on Tuesday 14th February 2017. The pedestrian was taken to the Wexham Park Hospital for medical attention, but he later died.

The man's next of kin have been told about his death. The driver of the car, a woman in her nineties, was not injured. Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the man who tragically died following this collision.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police to please call 101, quoting URN 873 of 14 February 2017.”

– Sgt James Atkinson, Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Unit

Woman jailed for fraud offences across Berkshire

A woman has been jailed for more than five years for fraud offences across Berkshire.

Tanya Rowe used forged references and payslips to secure a tenancy on a property. She then bought furniture from a shop in Maidenhead and paid for the items with cheques which bounced.

Tanya Rowe used forged references and payslips to secure a tenancy on a property Credit: Thames Valley Police

“Tanya Rowe appeared to live a very extravagant lifestyle, it was a lifestyle that she couldn’t sustain. he claimed that she was a designer for Heston Blumenthal, which wasn’t true and, more unforgivably, she also told people that she was dying of cancer, which also wasn’t true. She is a devious woman who has affected so many people’s lives.”

– Thames Valley Police officer Det Con Abi Enright, of Windsor Police station

Memorial to the man who rescued 700 children from the Nazis

Work is underway on a memorial garden in honour of one of Berkshire's most heroic former residents.

The late Sir Nicholas Winton rescued almost 700 children from Nazi-occupied Prague in the former Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War.

The garden at Oaken Grove Park in Maidenhead is due to open to the public next Spring. Our reporter Kate Bunkall, met Nick Winton at the site and asked him about his father's legacy.


Pedestrian dies after collision near Maidenhead

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road accident on the A404 near Burchetts Green, Maidenhead.

A 26- year-old man collided with a black Audi A3 which had been travelling on the northbound carriageway around 2am. The pedestrian died at the scene.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Grainger 'still has hopes for Rio Olympics'

Britain's most successful rower, Katherine Grainger, says she hasn't given up hope of going to the Olympics in Rio, despite a decision to withdraw her boat from the competition.

The Maidenhead athlete won gold medal at London 2012 at the fourth attempt.

She came out of retirement two years ago in a bid to defend her title at the age of 40.

Penny Silvester reports.

New 7 day GP service in Berkshire wins Government praise

It's one of the most controversial issues facing the health service today. Plans to create a seven day NHS have caused strikes among junior doctors and debate in Parliament.

But now the Home Secretary has visited a GP hub in the Thames Valley which she claims leads the way. So far 8-thousand patients have attended evening and weekend appointments there. Here's Mary Stanley

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