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Winter roads warning

Drivers are being urged to make sure they are prepared for the winter. The Highways Agency wants everyone to have things like a blanket and thermos flask in their car, as well as making sure tyres are in a good condition.

Meanwhile councils in the region say they are well prepared for the winter, with most reporting an increase in their grit and salt supplies.

gritter Credit: ITV News West Country

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Going potty over potholes

Potholes are one of those things which really get motorists hot under the collar, so you won't be surprised to hear that when we appealed for you to get in touch with your own horror stories, we were inundated.

The recent cold snap has made the situation on many roads much worse. Jonathan Gibson has been taking a look at a few of the ones you've highlighted:

Thanks to everyone who's got in touch with us so far on this issue - some amazing images and tales. It's been such a talking point that we've decided to try to find the worst pothole in the West Country.

If you've got any photos of potholes near you then we'd love to see them. You can either email them to us - that's westcountry@itv.com - Tweet them to us or post them on our Facebook page.

Mayor appeals for road mending cash

Torbay's Mayor Gordon Oliver has written to the Government appealing for more cash to tackle the council's growing road maintenance backlog.

"I have emphasised that apart from the massive financial implications of losing any part of our highways asset and the consequent economic catastrophe for the community, the public could be left at real risk of injury and the council left with spiralling compensation claims. Despite our own budget pressures, we are doing our best to maintain our roads, but we really do need more Government financial support."

– Gordon Oliver, Torbay Mayor
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Train evacuated due to fire

A train was evacuated at Upwey train station this morning after a fire in one of the carriages.

Two crews from Weymouth attended Upwey rail station, Weymouth, just after 6am this morning following a 999 call to reports of smoke coming from the underside of one of the passenger carriages. All passengers, approximately 20, were evacuated from the train while DFRS and railway staff, (who had used extinguishers on the fire before the arrival of firecrews) dealt with the fire. The train has now been removed from the platform area while crews and rail staff investigate further.

– Dorset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson
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