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Serious accident on M5 northbound in Somerset

There has been a multi-vehicle crash on the M5 northbound between Taunton and Bridgwater Credit: ITV News

The M5 northbound in Somerset is blocked due to a serious multi-vehicle accident between Junction 25 for Taunton and 24 for Bridgwater South.

The Air Ambulance is at the scene.

There is queuing traffic on the M5 Southbound between Junction 24 for Bridgwater South and 25 for Taunton. Lanes are open but the carriageway will have to be blocked once the Air Ambulance takes off.


Hinkley C "to go ahead" despite Brexit

The boss of EDF has said that Brexit has “no impact” on the business and strategy of the company in the UK, including its plans to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.

Computer image of proposed Hinkley C Credit: EDF

"As of today, we believe that this vote has no impact on our strategy, and the strategy (...) for our UK subsidiary has not changed. Our business strategy is not linked to Great Britain’s political affiliation with the European Union, so we have no reason to change it."

– Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Chairman

Mr Levy emphasised in particular that there should be no fears of reconsidering plans to construct two EPR nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point , a gigantic £18 billion project (around 22 billion euros at current exchange rates), which is being challenged by the Group’s French trade unions and for which a final investment decision is pending.

“I would just point out that in the last few days, spokespeople on energy issues for the Brexit camp – notably Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom – have on numerous occasions and again in recent days come out in favour of maintaining the decarbonisation policy, of maintaining the nuclear option, and of maintaining the Hinkley Point project. Therefore there are no consequences from this vote today."

– Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Chairman

Top award for M5 Gloucester Services

Credit: Glenn Howell Architects

The newest service station on the M5 has won a series of top awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Gloucester Services between Junctions 11A and 12 has a grass-topped roof and sells locally-sourced food. It is run by a family business rather than a large corporation.

The accolades from RIBA include 2016 national and regional awards, together with an award for sustainability.

"The facilities are carefully planned to isolate the service environment from the motorway and succeed in creating a place that emanates quality as well as clarity. The project does not limit itself to redefining the visitor building but seeks to address the whole visitor experience from motorway exit to egress – this includes landscape, parking, building and significantly, fuel. To break the mould of the stock gas-station design is a triumph in itself and the bespoke provisions here steer mercifully clear of structural gestures in favour of simple architecture of generous proportions."

– RIBA citation

TRAVEL: Overturned lorry closes M49

Credit: Highways England

The M49 is currently closed Southbound due to an overturned lorry and fuel spillage.

The blockage is between J22 on the M4 and J18A on the M5.

It is expected to reopen around midday.

Credit: Highways England

Rail disruption to continue into the weekend

The major disruption at London Paddington is expected to last until end of service on Saturday 18 June - that's the message from Network Rail. It means rail services travelling to and from our region are either cancelled or altered.

It comes after a train derailed in London on 16 June. The empty train caused damage to the signalling and the overhead wires after it derailed just outside Paddington station leading to mass disruption.

Credit: PA

The following alterations have been put in place:

  • Services from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads at 30 minutes past the hour will not run.
  • Services from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington on the hour will not run.
  • Services between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa will run between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa.
Credit: Network Rail

Here's the amended timetable in full:


Alterations to train travel due to derailment

Following the derailment of a train in London last night, trains running between Paddington and Cheltenham Spa have been cancelled and a revised alterations timetable has been released.

The empty train caused damage to the signalling and the overhead wires after it derailed just outside London.

Disruption continues after the train derailed. Credit: Network Rail


  • 1630 Taunton (starting from Bristol Temple Meads)
  • 1649 Oxford (cancelled)
  • 1706 Westbury (cancelled)
  • 1715 Carmarthen (starting from Reading)
  • 1730 Taunton (starting from Bristol)
  • 1736 Oxford (cancelled)
  • 1742 Cheltenham Spa (starts from Swindon)
  • 1749 Worcester Shrub Hill (cancelled)
  • 1805 Frome (cancelled)
  • 1830 Weston-super-Mare (cancelled)
  • 1847 Cheltenham Spa (cancelled)
  • 1850 Oxford (cancelled)

Great Western Railway warn that other short notice alterations may still occur.

No trains running between Cheltenham and London

The train derailed outside London last night Credit: Network Rail

Trains running between Paddington and Cheltenham Spa have been cancelled after a train derailed in London last night.

The empty train caused damage to the signalling and the overhead wires after it derailed just outside London last night.

A reduced service on Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Penzance is operating. Services scheduled to leave Bristol Temple Meads at 30 minutes past the hour will not run.

Passengers are being told they can use alternative routes.

Disruption continues after the train derailed Credit: Network Rail

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.

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