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Weekend of chaos for rail passengers

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There will be disruption through Reading this weekend Credit: ITV Meridian

Tens of thousands of rail passengers across the Thames Valley are facing a weekend of chaos.

Engineering work means many services through Reading will be cancelled.

It's to allow further testing of overhead wires ahead of an extension to commuter services next year.

Limited replacement buses will run, but will be very busy.

Tickets bought for Saturday or Sunday will be accepted all day today and Monday

Passengers are advised not to travel unless they have to.

Major rail disruption on services into Waterloo

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There is major disruption on railway services between Reading and Waterloo and Windsor and Waterloo this morning due to a signalling problem between Putney and Barnes.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 11am.

The following services were cancelled earlier this morning:

  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Brentford
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Brentford and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Kingston and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Kingston
  • Between London Waterloo and Weybridge
  • Between London Waterloo and Windsor and Eton Riverside
  • Between London Waterloo and Reading

Lines have now reopened, but trains may still be cancelled, delayed or revised.

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South Western Railway advise passengers not to travel between Reading and London Waterloo and Windsor and London Waterloo.

Passengers are able to use their ticket on the following routes:

  • London Underground via any reasonable route
  • Great Western Railway services between Reading and London Paddington
  • TFL buses via any reasonable route
  • Southern services between Clapham Junction and London Victoria

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Campaigners bid to save historic black history mural

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Campaigners fear whoever buys the London Street building will demolish its iconic black history mural - but the council says any bid for the site must include a preservation plan.

A petition, signed by almost four thousand people, will be handed in to the council following the march.

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Reading Festival gains 'disability gold' status

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The festival is joining Glastonbury in achieving the gold standard from the leading disability charity in the UK.

'Attitude is Everything' campaigns to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music.

It says Reading Festival has shown commitment to its disabled customers for the past five years and keeps moving forward with disability access.

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Iconic Ladybird books go on display

There are a total of 59 original illustrations Credit: ITV Meridian

A collection of original illustrations for the iconic Ladybird books is to go on display at the Museum of Rural Life in Reading.

The artwork is from the 1950s, 60s and 70s on jobs of the day and includes the miner, the sailor and the lifeboatman.

Mel Bloor has been to take a look.

Mel spoke to Clare Plascow, Collections Officer, Museum of Rural Life in Reading.

Report: Annual dragon boat races create a splash on the Thames

Hundreds of people gathered along the banks of the River Thames in Reading today to watch the annual Dragon Boat Race.

The charity event which is organised by the Lions Club sees teams from the local community go head to head - or rather paddle to paddle - in a series of heats to be crowned the champions.

Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Andrew Young from Reading Lions Club, Claire Rhodes from the Daisy's Dream charity, Jason McMahon from Launchpad and John Galt from the Dragon Boat Association.

Man suffers fractured skull during assault

A man has been taken to hospital with a fractures skull and a bleed on the brain after he was attacked in Reading town centre.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was walking along St Mary's Butts outside Burger King towards Broad Street at about 2.30am on Thursday morning.

The victim then became embroiled in an altercation with another man.

During the altercation, which took place in the middle of the road, the victim was punched several times causing him to fall to the floor.

The man was assaulted outside Burger King in St Mary's Butts Credit: Google Earth

“The victim was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

“The offender is described as a white man, slim, about 6ft, in his late teens to early twenties. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a light coloured vest and dark skinny jeans. He was carrying jacket in his hand.

“If you saw the incident or have any information that might assist our investigation please contact police as soon as possible. You can do this online, at a police station or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43170244134. “If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Rosie March of Force CID
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