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Power failure hits rail service

Train services between London and the West are at a standstill in the Thames Valley this morning due to a major power failure in the Swindon area. No trains are running in either direction.

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Rail services diverted to avoid power failure

Services stacking up due to power failure in the Swindon area Credit: Guy Phillips/ITV News Meridian

First Great Western have just told us that buses are in place for travel between Swindon to Didcot, Swindon to Gloucester and Bath to Swindon, should passengers want to use them. There are reduced services running between Cardiff and Bristol to Paddington, with trains diverted via Newbury.

ITV News journalist Guy Phillips has just sent us the latest on his attempt to go to Wales. We "We are now boarding a train back to Reading. Great Western hope to get passengers from Reading to Wales via Bath - the long route."

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