The planned rail strike on bank holiday Monday has been cancelled after the TSSA and RMT unions received a new pay offer from Network Rail.
The industrial action has been called off pending the outcome of a meeting with Network Rail representatives next week.
We are pleased that strike action has been called off for 25/26 May and we expect to be able to run our full advertised timetable.
The eastbound M4 is blocked, and traffic queueing due to accident between J20 M5, Almondsbury Interchange, and J19, the M32 for Bristol.
There is to be a rail strike during the bank holiday weekend - Network Rail employees in the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay, affecting services on bank holiday Monday (25 May), as well as Tuesday 26 May and the morning of Wednesday 27 May.
First Great Western say refunds are available for customers who have already bought tickets during the strike period, and those with tickets for travel on Monday and Tuesday may also be use them on Sunday Wednesday.
They hope to operate the following services in our region:
- Paddington – Bristol Temple Meads, calling at Reading Didcot, Swindon, Chippenham, Bath and Bristol, extended to Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton during peak: Hourly
- Swindon – Bristol, calling at Chippenham, Bath Spa, Oldfield Park, Keynsham, Bristol Temple Meads: Hourly
- Bristol Parkway – Weston-Super-Mare, calling at Filton, Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill, Bristol Temple Meads, Bedminster, Parson St, Nailsea and Backwell, Yatton, Worle, Weston Milton and Weston-Super-Mare: Hourly
- Cardiff – Taunton, calling at Newport, Severn Tunnel Juncton, Patchway, Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Temple Meads, Nailsea, Yatton, Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, Highbridge, Bridgwater and Taunton: Hourly
- Paddington – Plymouth, calling at Reading, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Tiverton, Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Ivybridge (select trains only) and Plymouth: Hourly
The following services will not be running in our region from 00:01 Monday 25 May, and will be in delays on the Wednesday morning:
- Between Swindon and Gloucester/Cheltenham
- Between Bath Spa and Portsmouth Harbour
- Between Reading and Taunton
- On Severn Beach branch line
- North Cotswolds line, from Oxford and calling at Worcester and Hereford
Two lanes of the M32 in Bristol are closed this morning following an accident involving a van and a lorry.
It happened on the outbound carriageway between J1 A4174 (Hambrook) and M4 J19 (Bristol). It's causing long delays in the area.
Emergency services are dealing with a serious collision on the M5 in Gloucestershire.
The motorway is currently closed between J11a-12. Police are allowing trapped traffic to pass. There will be a diversion put in place.
The Mayor of Bristol has announced that one of the busiest roads in and out of the city will be closed for five Sundays from May.
The Portway will be open to walkers and cyclists but not to traffic in a bid to created a more peaceful environment in the Avon Gorge.
Rail passengers are being given nasal strips to stop them snoring on trains.
Research for First Great Western has revealed it's top of the list for annoying things passengers do on trains with 60% saying it is a problem.
Only 20% of passengers say they feel comfortable waking up a person snoring near them. A further 27% state they are too worried themselves to sit back and properly relax for fear of dozing off and starting to snore.
21% of passengers admits to dribbling and 34% sleeping with their mouth wide open.
Staff are handing out the strips you put over noses aimed at reducing the noise.
This week is national Stop Snoring Week with health officials saying it affects fifteen million people in the UK. They say for many sprays and strips can be a major help.
The average snore reaches a volume of around 50 decibels, but one of the loudest snorers recorded in the UK was 111.6 decibels.
"We care about our passengers and the journeys they take with us so it was interesting to learn that having a snooze on board was actually a cause of embarrassment and stress for some."
Two lanes are closed and traffic is queueing due to broken down vehicle on M4 Westbound between J17 and J18. That's Chippenham to Bath.
The A431 Bryants Hill in Hanham is closed due to an accident near Rossiter's Lane and Kingsway.
It's affecting First 37, 44 and 45 bus services and causing slow traffic on surrounding roads.
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.