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Police say M5 Southbound carriageway should open soon

Police say the Southbound carriageway of the M5 between J25 and J26 should open shortly following a multiple-vehicle crash in which a person died.

Investigators have been at the scene but police say their work has now been competed.

The Northbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for some time with officers unable to provide an estimated timeframe.

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Trains suspended between Gloucester and Swindon until 12.00

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Great Western Railway services have been suspended between Gloucester and Swindon because of a signalling problem.

The company is working to arrange a bus replacement service.

During incidents like this, trains would normally divert via Yate and Bristol Parkway.

However, this route is also closed due to engineering work.

GWR says trains should be running by 12.00 and commuters can find updates on the National Rail website.

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Autumn Statement: huge investment in transport

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund of £23 billion to be spent on innovation and infrastructure over next five years.

Setting out his first Autumn Statement, Mr Hammond said the fund will "directly contribute" to raising Britain's productivity.

The new funding commitments include an additional £1.1bn of investment in English local transport networks.

Details of allocation are yet to emerge - so it is not yet clear how the West Country will actually benefit, and no guarantees that this extra funding will come our way.

However, a hint dropped by the Prime Minister to a South West MP could mean that the West Country is likely to receive more support for its rail infrastructure.

It was a timely announcement - the region is still suffering from a 48 hour disruption on the trains to and from the South West after a spate of bad weather caused flooding and debris on rail routes.

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