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Bad weather hits train punctuality

The bad weather saw punctuality times for trains across the country fall Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The severe winter storms took their toll on train punctuality including that of CrossCountry last month, according to official figures.

The CrossCountry train company, managed only a punctuality figure of 78.1% in February, compared with 88.8% for February 2013.

First Great Western, affected by the severe damage to the coastal track at Dawlish in Devon, had a trains-on-time figure of only 80.4% last month, compared with 91.8% in February 2013.

Since December staff dealt with more than 500 fallen trees blocking lines, 285 flooded sites and 73 landslips or line washouts.

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Latest travel update: roads

SOMERSET: A303 Westbound, Ilchester - one lane closed due to flooding on A303 Westbound between A37 and A3088 (Cartgate Roundabout)

SOMERSET: A36 Lower Bristol Road, Bath - closed due to flooding at A3604 Windsor Bridge Road / Brook Road.

SOMERSET: A363 Bradford Road, Bathford, Somerset A363 - closed due to flooding between Bathford Hill and A4 / London Road East due to excessive amounts of floodwater underneath the railway bridge

SOMERSET: A363 Town Bridge, Bradford on Avon, closed due to flooding at B3107 Silver Street.

SOMERSET: A431 Kelston Road Bath severely affected by flooding between Penn Hill Road (Bath) and Golden Valley Lane (Bitton).

DORSET: A350 Both Directions, Sturminster Marshall - closed due to flooding around Newton Road

Flooding at Ilchester in Somerset. Credit: AztecMedia Skycam

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