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Rail services hit after storms

Overnight storms have led to problems on the roads and railways Credit: Lee Wilson

Overnight storms have led to yet another day of difficulty for commuters with lightning strikes meaning disruption to rail services.

A weather warning remains in place, with heavy showers and more thunderstorms expected.

On the railways, First Great Western services are affected by storms in the Bath Spa area. Lightning damaged equipment between Melksham and Chippenham in Wiltshire, with the lines between Swindon and Bath Spa/Westbury currently closed.

A shuttle train service is now in place between Chippenham and Swindon.

The Met Office says the bad weather is set to continue. Forecaster Nicola Willis says there was between 10mm and 20mm of rainfall over a four-hour period - a third of the expected monthly rainfall.

She went on: "That is quite a significant amount of rain. There have also been quite a few lightning strikes over that period."

Motorists have been warned of the risk of surface water after the heavy downpours.

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90 passengers stranded on train overnight

90 stranded on train overnight Credit: ITV West Country

90 rail passengers were trapped over night after a train became submerged in 4ft-deep flash flood water.

The overnight service from London Paddington to Swansea got stuck near Corsham in Wiltshire at around midnight.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 1am but the 90 passengers remained stuck on board until 6am.

A fleet of taxis turned up at the site where the stranded commuters were eventually driven home.

Passenger Chris Williams took to Twitter to document the journey:

Storms hit the West

Last nights thunder and lightning storms in Chippenham,Wiltshire. Credit: Steve Walsh

Last night saw heavy rainfall and dramatic thunder and lightning across the region. Steeple Ashton in Wiltshire has seen flash flooding, and this morning a train travelling from Bristol to London is stuck in flood water, and 90 passengers have been evacuated.

Here are some more of your pictures of the storms.

last night's thunderstorm taken through a window at Seend Cleeve Credit: Amy Whitewick
Last nights storm over Bath looking from Twerton to Lansdown Credit: Richard Bird

House struck by lightning in Wiltshire

House struck by lightning in Wiltshire Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

A house in Littlejohn Avenue in Melksham caught on fire after being struck by lightning last night. Fire crews are still at the scene but no one has been hurt.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service says it has received over 200 calls for assistance since yesterday evening due to the severe weather.

Fire crews are on the scene Credit: ITV West Country/Rob Murphy

The emergency service is also urging all drivers to take care on the roads this morning due to floodwater and the potential for some manhole covers to be raised.

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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

Wiltshire policeman caught parking in disabled bay

A policeman in Wiltshire has been criticised for blocking a disabled parking bay while he went to buy his lunch.

He was caught on camera in Moredon by disabled driver Phillip Skeates while he was waiting for a space. The officer left his car in a no parking zone and emerged ten minutes later with a bag from McDonalds.

Wiltshire Police said:

This officer was on a designated break and had stopped off to buy some food. Clearly, he has not parked his patrol vehicle in the most sensible manner and we can only apologise to other motorists who were hindered by this. Wiltshire Police are now looking into this issue.

– Wiltshire Police

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health service told to improve

The body that runs NHS mental health services in Avon and Wiltshire has been told it must improve in thirty-two different areas, including patient safety.

It follows a planned inspection by the regulator, the CQC, which highlighted staff shortages at Fromeside, unsuitable premises at Blackberry Hill, both in Bristol, and poor layout at Hillview Lodge in Bath.

The trust insists improvements are being made.

Iain Tulley is from Avon and Wilts Mental Health Trust:

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