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Trains of the future unveiled for the Thames Valley

Video. ITV News can exclusively reveal the final designs of a new generation of InterCity trains soon to take to the tracks across the Thames Valley. Work is underway on the first of hundreds of new bullet-style carriages in Japan for Great Western trains at a cost of almost £6 billion.

The trains will run on the mainline from Paddington through to Reading, Didcot, Newbury, Swindon and Oxford. Full size mock-ups of several carriages were secretly built to get the views of watchdogs and the rail industry and the final design is about to be approved by the Government.

Mike Pearse was given exclusive access to see the train of the future. He spoke to Andy Barr from Hitachi Rail Europe, Managing Director of First Great Western Mark Hopwood and Stephen Hammond MP, Rail Minister.


Designs unveiled for new InterCity trains in the Thames Valley

ITV News can exclusively reveal the final design of a new generation of InterCity trains soon to take to the tracks on the Great Western mainline to Reading, Didcot, Newbury, Swindon and Oxford.

Built by Hitachi they're based on the Japanese bullet train and will have more seats to ease overcrowding and are six times more reliable. The trains are part of a six billion pound upgrade. ITV Meridian spoke to the MD of First Great Western, Mark Hopwood.

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The local elections - the view from the Thames Valley

There is little doubt that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has the most to cheer about tonight as the political parties analyse the local council election results. But it was by no means a total landslide.

In the Thames Valley, though, things remain much the same. There is no change in West Oxfordshire or Cherwell with the Conservatives staying in control at both district councils.

At Basingstoke and Deane no change either, still no overall control, although UKIP gained one council seat. Labour retained control of Reading.

The big blow to Labour, was a failure to wrestle control of Swindon from the Tories. More details now from our political correspondent Phil Hornby.


Market traders backing campaign to safeguard their livelihoods

Town Centre markets in the Thames Valley are fighting back against fly-by-night traders who sell counterfeit and illegal goods on the cheap. They're supporting a major campaign to protect their livelihoods. Penny Silvester visited the new-look Aylesbury market. Watch her report here.

Elderly woman killed in collision with fire engine

Thames Valley police are appealing for information regarding a collision in Oxford involving a fire engine and an elderly pedestrian. The vehicle was travelling towards Cowley yesterday afternoon when it hit the 79-year-old.

She was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital but died of her injuries. Any witnesses are asked to contact Thames Valley Police.

Man arrested on suspicion of robbing shop dressed as Santa

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a Next store just before Christmas while dressed as Santa.

The man went into the staff section of the shop in Oxford Retail Park, Cowley.

He threatened a member of staff with a knife and demanded cash from the shop's safe.

Once this had been given to him the man then made off on a bicycle towards Blackbird Leys Bridge.

The man has been bailed until May 21 for the robbery which took place on December 23.

Anyone with information about the offence should contact Det Con Tom Mansfield at Thames Valley Police on 101 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A cash reward is being offered for information about the incident.

Cross breed pup needs a home

Dogs Trust Newbury are looking to home the pup Credit: Dogs Trust

A mismatched dog from Newbury is searching for a home, despite his unique appearance.

Crinkle is a half Sharpei and half Terrier and staff at Newbury's Dog's Trust hope potential owners will embrace the friendly pup.

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury, says:“Crinkle is such a character and his unusual looks have really become a talking point at the centre. With his wrinkly face and stumpy body, it’s hard not to be won over by Crinkle’s adorable appearance.

"“He came to us as a stray so we don’t know much about his history but he is a friendly boy who loves to lap up all the fuss from staff and visitors alike."

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