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Vandals cancel train service as they graffiti carriage

A group of vandals caused havoc when they attempted to board a train then spray painted the side of the carriage.

A group of up to 20 young people attempted to board the 5.14am Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach service on Monday, but were too late.

Several members tried to stop the train doors from closing and were then verbally abusive to staff who attempted to reason with them.

Other individuals then spray painted the side of the carriage - covering the windows and panels in silver and pink paint.

The service was cancelled, and all passengers were asked to alight from the train.

While no one was injured during the incident, train staff were understandably left very intimidated and upset.

This was a very irresponsible act of vandalism that caused a lot of distress among the public and staff who were travelling on the train.

We are currently investigating and would like to speak to anyone with any information that may assist.

– British Transport Police

Train named after last WW1 survivor Harry Patch at Bristol

Harry Patch was the last survivor of the First World War trenches. Credit: ITV West Country

Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is to have a train named after him.

The Class 43 locomotive will be unveiled at Bristol Temple Meads station this morning by his grandson, Roger Patch.

Harry, who was born in Combe Down near Bath, died in 2009 at the age of 111.

TRAVEL: Disruption to trains from Bristol Temple Meads

Commuters getting the train from Bristol Temple Meads should expect delays and changes, as a signalling problem is currently disrupting services.

The following changes are expected to continue until the end of service.

  • No trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach
  • Delays of up to 30 minutes to journeys between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central

Alternative options:

  • Passengers can use local buses on First Buses routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 70 and 71 on any reasonable route.
  • You can follow this incident using the hashtag #BristolTM
  • To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner


Trains running during strike 'dangerously overcrowded'

The RMT union have criticised the trains running during the strike. Credit: ITV News

A rail union have called the train services running during the current 48-hour strike unsafe.

The RMT union, whose members are striking in a dispute over job losses, safety and buffet cars on new trains, say First Great Western's current emergency "skeleton service", is "dangerously overcrowded" and staffed by people without the right training.

The union say they will be taking this up formally.

First Great Western denied that the trains are overcrowded, and told us staff working on them are fully trained.

"We've got fully competent managers working on these trains who would normally manage the people who are striking.

"Our utmost priority is keeping people moving safely and as quickly as possible."

"Our approach to keeping trains moving during this process has been sanctioned by the Rail Safety Standards Board - we would not be able to run these services if it hadn't been."

– First Great Western
First Great Western staff picketing Bristol Temple Meads station. Credit: ITV News

The 48-hour strike started on Wednesday night and is set to end at 6.30pm on Friday evening. Staff have been out picketing stations today.

"The anger of staff is clear as the action bites and it is now down to the company to recognise that and get back round the table to address the serious issues at the core of this dispute."

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

First Great Western say 10% fewer staff have walked out than they were expecting; however the strike has still affected almost 40% of their services.

More trains after fewer rail workers strike than expected

Although fewer workers have walked out than expected, the strike is still affecting nearly 40% of services. Credit: ITV News

First Great Western says it should be running more train services during the current rail strike because fewer staff walked out than they expected.

The company says 10% more staff showed up for work than they were expecting.

However it still means that nearly 40% of FGW rail services are affected.

Those travelling can find live service updates here.

Credit: ITV News

The strike, which started last night and is set to end at 6.30pm on Friday evening comes after talks broke down between the RMT union and the company over the new Hitachi Inter-City trains in 2017.

The union have said First Great Western failed to provide "very basic assurances" about safety concerns and job losses. However the company say they have tried to address the concerns and that the new trains cannot be operated "in the same way as the trains we run today, which were built in the 1970s."

They have also played down the possibility of job losses, and say they are "keen to continue discussions with the union".

Plans unveiled for improved cycle routes around new Bristol Arena

Plans have been unveiled for improved pedestrian and cycle routes around Temple Meads Station and the new Bristol Arena.

It's hoped the new routes will improve connectivity to the new arena site and have been named 'Temple Greenways'. The routes will link to Totterdown Basin, a little known green oasis where the Floating Harbour meets the Feeder Canal.

Plans for pedestrian and cycle routes around the new Bristol Arena have been unveiled Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Proposals include a new pedestrian and cycle waterside boardwalk, and new paths and seating areas around Totterdown Basin and The New Cut.

Changes are also planned for Cattle Market Road, which will become one-way eastbound for traffic.

Locals, business owners and commuters are now invited to share their views on the proposals. There will be a drop in session on March 26, between 5.30 - 8.30pm.

Workers protest against the removal of buffet cars on trains

Union says removing buffet cars on West Country tains will lead to an elitist transport system Credit: ITV West Country

A rail union will protest across the region today in a campaign against the removal of buffet cars on First Great Western trains.

The RMT says losing the buffet cars will lead to job losses and an 'upstairs downstairs' service on West Country trains. Events will be taking place at Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads from 7 o clock this morning.

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