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'No excuses': Council leader criticises snow school closures

Many schools in the region have reopened after heavy snowfall in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire over the weekend. Credit: PA

The leader of Swindon Borough Council has tweeted his disapproval of the schools that closed in Wiltshire this week after heavy snowfall.

David Renard said that that there were "no excuses" for closures due to staff shortages, as the roads in the town were "perfectly passable".

Around a hundred schools remain closed in Gloucestershire this Tuesday after the coldest night of the year, though more than double that were closed due to snowfall yesterday.

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Trains delayed out of Bristol Parkway due to points failure

A points failure near Bristol Parkway meant delays of up to 40 minutes this morning. Credit: National Rail Enquiries

Rail passengers travelling between Bristol Parkway and Swindon or Cheltenham this rush hour have had to put up with delays of up to 40 minutes due to a points failure.

It is affecting both Cross Country and Great Western Railway services.

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The points problem has now been resolved but National Rail Enquiries says passengers will still experience delays of up to 25 minutes until 11.30am this morning, 6 November.

Swindon Council looking to make 400 job cuts

Swindon Council bosses say they are tackling cuts and an increase in service demand. Credit: ITV West Country

More than 400 jobs could go at Swindon Borough Council, as bosses tackle cuts and a growing demand for services.

The Conservative-run authority says it needs to save an estimated £30million in the next 30 months.

It said nearly half of the cuts will come from reducing the number of staff of its current workforce of 2,800.

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