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UPDATE: Train evacuated after security scare

A major security alert is tonight in operation on the Great Western mainline.The train at the centre of the alert is the 3.28pm Swansea to London and due to Stop at Swindon and Reading.

It is understood an unattended bag was spotted and the alarm raised.All passengers have been evacuated from the train at Bristol Parkway and the station has also been evacuated.Anti-terror police have been called to the scene.

Passengers were told to leave everything on the train and evacuate.Trains are not stopping at the station and delays on the Paddington line are expected for some time.The situation is ongoing.

“I can confirm that BTP was called to Bristol Parkway rail station on Thursday, 26 July, following a security alert.

“The incident was reported to BTP at 5.04pm

“Officers are at the scene carrying out an investigation into an unattended package onboard the 3.28pm Swansea to London Paddington service.

“The train has been evacuated and the station is currently closed, with no trains stopping.”

– British Transport Police spokesman

BREAKING: Train evacuated in security scare

A train heading to Reading and London from Wales has tonight been evacuated at Bristol. Meridian understands two unattended bags were spotted by passengers. Both the train and Bristol Parkway Station have been evacuated . Sniffer dogs are at the scene.

The train was travelling from Cardiff. The call to the police was just after 1700. The train was due at Reading around 1830.

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Reading East MP Rob Wilson has criticised First Great Western after it reduced carriage numbers on rush hour trains to seven. A spokesman said it's aiming to increase the length of all its high speed trains to eight carriages by the end of July to ease the overcrowding crisis.

Vandals and thieves cause commuter chaos

Rail users have suffered fresh delays after another incident of cable theft, disrupting trains into London for the second time this week.

Greater Anglia services into the capital's busy Liverpool Street station were hit after the incident near Romford in Essex.

Meanwhile, vandals threw a shopping trolley onto the main Brighton-London line

at Horley in Surrey, where it was struck by an early morning train into the

capital.

The incident damaged track cables and led to delays to later services.

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