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Reunion for man who travelled on Churchill's funeral train

A fireman who travelled on Winston Churchill's funeral train has spoken of the "deep sense of sadness" after being reunited with the locomotive.

Jim Lester, the fireman who worked on board the footplate of the Winston Churchill's funeral train Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

James Lester was at the National Railway Museum in York today to see the reunion of the Winston Churchill locomotive with the parcel van that carried the statesman to his final resting place.

The restored locomotive 'Winston Churchill' goes on display at the National Railway Museum, York Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Battle of Britain Class steam locomotive and the goods van were restored for today's 50th anniversary and joined up with the luxurious carriage which carried family and guests.

Tay Bridge closed due to high winds in Scotland

Network Rail Scotland has closed the Tay Bridge over the River Tay near Dundee due to strong wind.

Network Rail Scotland deploy snow patrols and chainsaw gangs

Rail journeys in Scotland are also being badly affected by snow, flooding and fallen trees, Network Rail Scotland has advised.

ScotRail says a number of services have been delayed or cancelled, including services between Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness.


Rail commuters delayed due to gale force winds

Heavy rain and gale force winds have caused delays for rail commuters, with gusts registering upwards of 90 miles per hour in parts of the country.

High winds and heavy rain all along the south coast caused significant delays on lines operated by South West Trains and South Eastern Trains, with trees and flooding blocking the tracks.

South West Trains said there were delays of up to half an hour between Bournemouth and Southampton due to flooding near Brockenhurst, while First Great Western and Cross Country services between Paignton in Devon and Manchester Piccadilly were held up due to a fallen tree.

Commuters passing through Dover Priory faced delays of up to 60 minutes owing to a tree on the line, which has now been cleared.

Rail fares rise: 'The service is terrible - it's an insult'

Following the announcement of an average 2.2% hike on rail fares in January, passengers have spoken to ITV News about the price increases, which come into effect on 2 January.

One commuter said "My rail fare is almost £5,000 and the service is terrible most of the winter ... it's a bit of an insult really."

Government making 'tough decisions' over rail fare hikes

Responding to the announcement of an average 2.2% increase in rail fares January, Rail Minister Claire Perry said that the Government was "taking the tough decisions needed" to improve railways.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said the Government is taking 'tough decisions' over railway improvements Credit: PA

This Government has embarked on one of the biggest programmes of rail investment for a generation as part of our long term economic plan, investing £38 billion over the next five years.

Passengers are rightly concerned about the cost and complexity of fares. That is why last year we announced a real-terms freeze on regulated fares for the first time in a decade and this continues into 2015.

Significantly we have also removed the fares flex for 2015. As a further measure we have asked operators to improve the information passengers receive when buying a ticket.

– Rail Minister Claire Perry
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