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Derailed train causes major disruption for commuters

Thousands of commuters have been caught up in disruption after a train derailed at a busy London station leaving people stranded travelling to and from our region.

The derailment was caused when the train ran a red signal outside Paddington station. Credit: London Fire Brigade

There were no passengers on board during the derailment at Paddington station, which Network Rail said was caused when the train ran a red signal.

Great Western Railway have suspended services in and out of the station, and they will not run any for the rest of tonight. Services look set to be disrupted in the morning too (17 June).

Disruption has affected hundreds across the South West.


Do you recognise these cuddly toys?

Do you recognise this teddy bear? Credit: First Great Western

Teddies lost on First Great Western trains across the West Country need your help.

Cuddly toys have broken out of the lost property vaults at Bristol Temple Meads train station in a bid to be recognised by their owners.

Should you believe one of the soft toys is yours then email describing the lost bear, highlighting any distinctive features, the direction of escape (where they were lost); their name, your name, full address and contact details.

Can you help reunite this cuddly toy with the owner? Credit: First Great Western

First Great Western launched Teddy Rescue in November 2014 as a way of reuniting lost toys with their owners but the train company have been unable to reunite a single bear or cuddly toy with their original family.

Lost bears and other cuddly toys not reunited with their real owner within three months will embark on other adventures with a Children’s charity.

Help this teddy fine its owner Credit: First Great Western


Completing rail electrification is a 'top priority' Government says

Completing the electrification of the Great Western line between London and the West is a top priority, the Transport Secretary has announced.

It means that two other major schemes - in the Midlands and across the Pennines - will be delayed.

Patrick McLoughlin told MPs that delays and problems, which have seen the costs treble to £1.7bn, "could and should" have been foreseen by Network Rail, whose chairman is being replaced.

Later, he told Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy there were "big engineering challenges" but new trains should be operating on the electrified line in 2017 or 2018 (a year later than originally planned).

Person hit by train near Bristol

Some trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa may be cancelled due to a person being hit by a train.

Currently all lines are blocked and train operator First Great Western says customers should check before they travel.

Passengers angry about overcrowding on trains

Commuters say they're furious they're paying hundreds of pounds a month for train journeys where they can't even get a seat.

While money's being invested in mainline services across the South West, there are claims that smaller stations and branch lines are being overlooked, meaning hundreds of passengers are commuting to Bristol in cramped carriages. Laura Makin-Isherwood reports.

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