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.”
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.
Flash flooding in Sway has seen the cancellation of all services between Bournemouth and Southampton. Meridian understands that the water overran the train line which has seen all services replaced by buses.
Services are returning to normal after a pedestrian was struck by a high speed train in northern France. Eurostar departures to and from Kent and London were delayed by more than an hour while investigations into the accident took place.
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.
A freight train came off the tracks near the Mountfield Tunnel in Sussex in torrential rain yesterday. Southeastern Railways say they'll run a replacement bus service while a crane is deployed to lift the stricken train onto the tracks, and repair the lines.