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  1. Meridian

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."


  1. Meridian

First Great Western hit by power failure

First Great Western staff assist passengers at Didcot Parkway Credit: Guy Phillips/ITV News Meridian

Passengers trying to get to Cardiff are now heading from Didcot back to Reading. Those going to Swindon and Bristol are awaiting a fleet of buses to help them reach their destination. Trains from Reading to Wales will go a long route.

  1. Meridian

Trains cancelled and passengers stranded

Passengers disembark a cancelled train at Didcot Parkway Credit: Guy Phillips/ITV News Meridian

ITV News journalist Guy Phillips is stuck at Didcot Parkway in Oxfordshire. His train has been terminated at Didcot. First Great Western Trains have promised buses to Swindon but Guy has been told many as buses are on the school run. Some passengers are heading back to Reading.

  1. Meridian

Trains to Wales & West still at a standstill

Didcot Parkway is just one of many stations where passengers face long delays this morning Credit: Guy Phillips/ITV News Meridian

The power failure in the Swindon area has brought rush-hour trains between London, the Thames Valley, Wales & the Westcountry to a standstill. ITV News journalist, Guy Phillips, is one of thousands of passengers affected. He's just sent us this update.

The 7.11 from Reading to Swansea has been at a standstill at Didcot Parkway for 40 minutes due to amajor power failure. The guard on the train tells us "There is major signalling problems due an electrical fault. The only information we have is to stay here until it has been resolved."

New railway station at park & ride

Avonmouth park and ride Credit: ITV West

Portway Park and Ride in Avonmouth could get its own rail station by next autumn. Bristol City Council has already set aside money for the project, which needs final approval from the government

It would provide a link through to Temple Meads. The station would be the first built in Bristol for sixteen years.


  1. Robert Murphy

Disruption on trains continue after floods

It's been another day of disruption and delays for travellers in the west - once again it's train passengers feeling the pain. A landslip at Westerleigh Junction on the outskirts of Bristol is the latest cause of misery.

It's meant a reduced service through Bristol Parkway with buses laid on to ferry people to local stations. The Transport Secretary Patrick McLaughlin visited the site this afternoon to see the damage for himself.

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