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Easter travel disruption latest: 'Plans in place' to get you home

Train services have been disrupted over the long weekend due to engineering works. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rail companies say they've prepared contingency plans to make sure passengers get home if weekend engineering works overrun.

Services across the west country have been disrupted over Easter because of work taking place further up the line at Reading. Network Rail has promised to prevent a repeat of the chaos that happened over Christmas.

It's a real consideration, and we've been working closely with Network Rail to ensure that there are contingency plans in place should that happen. We'll be letting people know as soon as we know if there's a problem, but at the moment everything is running to time.

– Dan Panes, First Great Western


90 passengers evacuated from train

Train stuck in flood water in Corsham Credit: ITV West Country

A train traveling from London Paddington became stuck in floodwater at Pound Pill in Corsham in the early hours of this morning. 90 passengers were on the train, which came to a halt in a cutting where water was up to a metre deep in places.

All the passengers were rescued from the train by 0600 this morning.

The train is still blocking the track causing major disruption to rail services in the region.

Services to and from Bristol Temple Meads are unable to call at Chippenham. Trains are being diverted via an alternative route, adding around 45 minutes to journey times.

We are trying to arrange rail replacement trains and tickets will be accepted on local transport and other trains.

– First Great Western

Bristol to get £700 million of rail improvements

Temple Meads Station, Bristol. Credit: PA

Network Rail has confirmed it has the money to pay for a £700 million pound package of improvements to train services around Bristol.

It includes station upgrades at Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, and building extra tracks at Filton. There will be capacity for more than 3000 extra seats for passengers during the rush hour.


Taunton line to close for 3 weeks

The main railway line between Taunton and Tiverton is to be closed for three weeks in the new year for repairs.

Network Rail is to spend £15 million upgrading the line and repairing a Victorian tunnel. Replacement coach services are planned along with extra car parking.

The closure is due to start on January the 18th and will last until February the 10th.

Network Rail is to spend £15 million upgrading the line and repairing a Victorian tunnel

Work starts on doubling rail track between Swindon and Kemble

Work has started on a 45 million pound project to double a twelve mile length of track between Swindon and Kemble stations.

There has been just a single railtrack between the two stations since the late 1960s, when one of the tracks was removed to save money.

Network rail says the work should be finished by march and will mean up to four trains per hour will be able to run in each direction.

Work to start on second rail track between Swindon and Gloucestershire

The work will reinstate a track that was removed in the 1960s Credit: ITV West

Work starts today on adding a second track to the railway line between Swindon and the Gloucestershire village of Kemble. The work will reinstate a track that was removed in the 1960s and increase the frequency of trains through the Cotswolds to the Midlands.

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