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Fault delays launch of new Great Western Railway train

93 new Intercity Express Trains are planned to replace GWR's existing services. Credit: Jack Gordon

The first of Great Western Railway's (GWR) new high speed trains failed to run on time this morning due to a train fault.

The Hitachi train was meant to carry passengers from Bristol to London Paddington this morning at 6am, but left 26 minutes late.

Our reporter on scene was told staff had difficulty coupling the carriages.

93 new Intercity Express Trains are expected to replace GWR's existing services by the end of 2019.

The upgrade project was reported to have been delayed and over-budget, but the new trains are expected to ease overcrowding.

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Weather warning in place for Monday as South West feels Ophelia's aftermath

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the South West from Monday as the UK is set to experience the tail end of a category three hurricane.

Hurricane Ophelia will be a storm when it hits the country, but the South West could still see some very high winds.

The Met Office's yellow weather warning means that severe weather is possible, and people should be prepared for possible disruption.

The warning is currently in place for between 12:00 and 23:55 on Monday 16 October. Credit: The Met Office

A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia.

Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journeys times and cancellations possible. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs could happen, perhaps leading to injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

– Met Office

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