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Easter travel disruption latest: 'Plans in place' to get you home

Train services have been disrupted over the long weekend due to engineering works. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rail companies say they've prepared contingency plans to make sure passengers get home if weekend engineering works overrun.

Services across the west country have been disrupted over Easter because of work taking place further up the line at Reading. Network Rail has promised to prevent a repeat of the chaos that happened over Christmas.

It's a real consideration, and we've been working closely with Network Rail to ensure that there are contingency plans in place should that happen. We'll be letting people know as soon as we know if there's a problem, but at the moment everything is running to time.

– Dan Panes, First Great Western

Easter travel disruption: West Country rail services affected

Easter rail services face disruption owing to engineering work. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Services between parts of the West Country and London Paddington will be disrupted by engineering works from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

First Great Western is advising passengers to avoid Reading if possible, where the engineering work is happening, and routes that go via Reading could be diverted via Banbury or Waterloo.

Services from Paddington will run as far as Bristol Temple Meads, with a diversion to Banbury owing to engineering work at Reading.

Services to Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance are running from London Waterloo. These will operate hourly on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and every two hours on Easter Sunday.

Passengers are being advised to check before they travel. More details here.

Multi-million pound boost for the region's roads

Councils in the West have secured multi-million pound funding from the Government to help maintain roads.

The two biggest schemes will see £14 million spent on the A4174 Ring Road in South Gloucestershire, while the A403 from Avonmouth to Aust gets £12 million.

Gloucestershire County Council will receive £5 million to help convert street lights to energy saving LEDs

The money will help maintain the region's roads


TRAVEL: Serious incident on Cumberland Basin

The crash involved a lorry and two motorcycles Credit: ITV News

A serious accident between a lorry and two motorcycles has closed the A3029 Brunel Way in Bristol in both directions. The incident is causing serious tailbacks on Cumberland Basin.

There is queueing traffic due to serious accident between the A3029, Winterstoke Road and the A3029, Brunel Lock Road.

Vehicles are reportedly tailed back for miles Credit: ITV News
Brunel way has been closed in both directions Credit: ITV News
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