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Great First Western promise more seats for commuters in the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Surrey

From next year there will be trains with twelve carriages which will be some the longest in the country all over the Thames Valley. It will mean up to 25 per cent more rush hour seats in Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey.

It is part of a major upgrade that will see almost 60 new and refurbished carriages on local routes.

There will also be two new evening peak rail services from Paddington to Maidenhead, adding over 350 seats for passengers.

A new Monday to Friday 16:42 London Paddington to Bourne End (17:24) service will call at Maidenhead (17:11) and plug an hour gap in services from Maidenhead between 16:47 and 17:47 with a 17:12 departure. The service will also call at Furze Platt and Cookham.

This will be supplemented with a new 19:36 London Paddington to Twyford (20:07) service, calling at Maidenhead at 20:00.

The additional services will come into effect with First Great Western’s summer timetable, starting on Monday 18th May, increasing capacity on London Thames Valley services prior to the introduction of Electric Multiple Unit trains during 2016.

In the Thames Valley, First Great Western will replace most of its Turbo commuter fleet with a mix of 58 electric trains comprised of 37 new and as-new four-carriage Class 387 trains and 21 four-carriage Class 365 trains from spring 2016. This will increase the number of seats for commuters travelling in the high peak by 25% from 2017. These new trains can run with up to 12 coaches.

Man arrested after death of man found bleeding in car

A murder investigation is underway in Oxford tonight - after a man was found bleeding in a car in the city on Tuesday evening and later died at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Residential streets have been cordoned off around North Way in the Barton area while forensic teams investigate. It is believed the man had suffered stab wounds. A 31-year-old man has been arrested. Kate Bunkall reports.

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Fire fighters bring shopping outlet blaze under control

Staff fled from flames and hundreds of shoppers were turned away as a fire broke out at a popular shopping village preparing for the Easter rush.

Around 40 firefighters were called to the Bicester shopping village, in Oxfordshire, after a blaze broke out in an Italian restaurant.

Nearby residents saw plumes of smoke climb into the sky, as the designer outlet was shut down.

Asana Greenstreet reports:

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