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20,000 attend Culdrose Air Day

20,000 visitors - one of the highest numbers on record - turned out today for the RNAS Culdrose Air Day on what has been an emotive day for the air base.

Today's turn out was one of the highest on record Credit: ITV News

It's the last year the Royal Navy's 771 Search and Rescue Squadron perform, before the service is replaced with a new private operator

Stadium for Cornwall approved

Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for an out of town shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium for Cornwall.

Permission had already been granted for the stadium on the outskirts of Truro - but the money to build it depended on permission for a shopping development at West Langarth, about four miles from the city centre.

That's just been approved, against the recommendation of council officials.

The stadium would be home to the Cornish Pirates Credit: Artist's impression

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Peninsula Rail Task Force says new trains are 'long overdue'

South West Peninsula Rail Task Force say they are "delighted" that the brand new fleet of trains will lead to faster journey times but they are "long overdue".

South West Peninsula Rail Task Force say they are Credit: ITV West Country

We are delighted that the new trains will lead to a faster journey time and better connectivity throughout the South West and beyond, as this is a key part of our plans for the South West rail network and is long overdue.

It is however important that we keep applying pressure in order to further improve our transport infrastructure. Better connectivity means a better economy and we want to fulfil our potential.

– Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

New trains 'are brilliant news for the South West'

The leader of Plymouth City Council has welcomed the news of 29 new long-distance trains for the London-Cornwall route.

First Great Western's franchise has been extended into 2019 Credit: PA

"The last time this part of the network saw the same scale of investment in rolling stock was 40 years ago" said Tudor Evans.

"it’s fantastic to see us at the front of the queue for new train technology instead of getting hand-me-downs from other areas".

Government gives the go-ahead for new train fleet for South West

The Government has given the go-ahead for a new fleet of trains between London and Cornwall. Credit: ITV News

The Government has given the go-ahead for a new £360 million fleet of trains to run between London and Cornwall from 2018.

First Great Western will be able to buy 29 new long-distance trains to serve the South West, which was part of a transport deal announced in March.

The Department for Transport says the trains will be more powerful, greener and more efficient than the existing 40-year-old trains on the route.

It's been estimated that journey times will be cut from London to Exeter by up to 5 minutes, Plymouth up to 6 minutes, and Penzance up to 14 minutes.

These new trains will make a real difference to the millions of commuters, business travellers and tourists who use this route every year.

This will not only mean better journeys for customers, it will also help to secure long-term economic growth across the country.

Like the new IEP trains serving cities in the North of England, this new fleet will help to open up the region for investment.

– Rail minister Claire Perry

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Roads busy surrounding RNAS Culdrose air show

Devon and Cornwall Police have reported that the roads around Helston and West Cornwall are particularly busy today due to Culdrose Air Day.

They are urging drivers to be patient when travelling in the area.

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