Network Rail have repaired much of the damage and we are operating almost a full service this morning.  There are still some restrictions on our all electric fleet, and this could mean some changes for London and Thames Valley local services this afternoon as Network Rail work to complete the repair.

Long distance services into London Paddington from Wales, Bristol, the Cotswolds and the South West should not be affected.  We will keep our website, www.gwr.com, up to date with any new developmen

Hitachi and Network Rail continue to investigate the root cause of the incident and we wait to hear their findings.


Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL
E: mark.hopwoodGWR-MD@GWR.com |


NO TRAINS between Paddington & Reading

You may have heard that we are not currently able to run trains between London Paddington and Reading.  This follows damage to the overhead electric wires at Ealing by a test train operated by Hitachi Rail Europe yesterday evening – it was not in passenger service.

Network Rail have worked through the night, but need more time to safely repair and recommission the overhead wires.    They expect to be able to re-open two of the four lines into Paddington around midday. Disruption will however continue throughout the day.

We are therefore operating a reduced long distance service and there will be no local services between Reading and Paddington until lines re-open.  We are advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary and to check carefully before setting out.

For those who do need to travel we have arranged for GWR tickets to be accepted on London Waterloo services (change at Reading) or services to London Marylebone and our tickets are valid on South Western Railway, Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains, West Midlands Railway and Transport for Wales services.  Customers between Reading and London can also use TfL underground and bus service

I am sorry for the very difficult start to the day for our customers.  We will be working with Network Rail and Hitachi to understand what happened and will do all we can to get the lines opened as quickly as possibl

All the latest information will be on our website www.gwr.com and will be regularly updating traditional and social media outlets

Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL
E: mark.hopwoodGWR-MD@GWR.com |

Great Western Railway improvements over Christmas


I thought it would be helpful to update you on the improvement work taking place across the Great Western this Christmas.

We have set up a dedicated web page www.GWR.com/Christmas which sets out the affected areas and the changes this will mean to journeys.

This year there will be work at Southall, Westbury, Guildford, and Severn Tunnel Junction.

The range of work means that services on the North Downs, West of England, South Wales and Bristol lines are affected, some with diversions and others with replacement buses.

We are recommending that customers make their Christmas getaway by Saturday 22nd  as work will start from Sunday 23rd December and on many routes will continue through to the New Year.

As in previous years there will be no trains on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

If you would like more information on any aspect of the improvement work this Christmas, or indeed on any aspect of our services, please let me know and I will be happy to help.


Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL
E: mark.hopwoodGWR-MD@GWR.com |

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VISIT THE MARKET PLACE – 27th September 2018



Visit the Market Place

At Ludgvan Community Centre

Thursday 27th September from 1.30 – 3pm

Open to All – an opportunity to meet with…

Highways England                                                       Post Office Ltd

The Environment Agency                                        Pz Memory Café

Pengarth Day Centre                                                  Diabetes UK

Cornwall Adult Education Service                                                                                  NatWest

Western Power Distribution                                                                                   Metro Rod

Cornwall Council Adult Social Care and Health                                                                                   Devon and Cornwall Community Watch

Winter Wellness with Inclusion Cornwall                                                                             NHS Kernow medicines optimisation team Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition                                                                             Over 50 local councillors


For more information contact  

Event kindly sponsored by:


Western Power Distribution Ltd

Derek Thomas MP, 01736 363038 or

email derek.thomas.mp@parliament.uk

Metro Rod


Post Office Ltd



I, the undersigned being the Deputy Returning Officer at the election of a Councillor for Breage Parish Council held on the 19 July 2018 do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each candidate at the election is as follows:-


NAMES OF CANDIDATES Number of votes recorded. (if elected write ‘elected’ against the number of votes).















The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:-



a) want of official mark ……………………………………………………

b)  voting for more candidates than voter was entitled to ………….

c)  writing or mark by which voter could be identified……………….

d)  being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty…………………. 4



and I do hereby declare that the said Colin Macleod


is duly elected for Breage Parish Council.



Electorate:       2481 Turnout:         20.79      %
Postal Votes issued:    478 Postal Votes included in Count:    238



Dated: 19 July 2018

Ruth Naylor

Deputy Returning Officer



Printed & Published by the Deputy Returning Officer, Cornwall Council, Council Offices, Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR



19 JULY 2018


Polling Stations at

Breage Village Hall

Carleen Village Hall and

Praa Sands & District Community

Stations open from

7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Election of Councillor Breage Parish Council

                                    NOTICE OF POLL                 

Notice is hereby given that:


  1. A poll for the election of Councillors for Breage Parish Council will be held on Thursday 19 July 2018, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM
  2. The Number of Councillors to be elected is One


  1. The names, addresses and descriptions of the Candidates remaining validly nominated and the names of the persons signing the Candidates nomination papers are as follows:


Name of Candidate Address Description Names of Proposer and Seconder who have signed the

nomination paper



Elysian Fields Main Road Ashton


TR13 9SD

Sarah K Wilford Phillip Wilford


Chyvethan Prospect Row Ashton Helston Cornwall

TR13 9RR

John A Judd Barbara E Judd


  1. The situation of the Polling Station(s) for the above election and the Local Government electors entitled to vote are as follows:


Situations of Polling Stations Polling Station No Description of Persons entitled to Vote
Local Government Electors whose names appear on the Register of Electors for the said Electoral Area for the

current year.

Carleen Village Hall, Carleen, Breage, HELSTON TR13 9QP I 1 (IBE1) 1 – 857
Breage Village Hall, St. Aubyns Square, Breage, HELSTON TR13 9PD I 2 (IBE2) 1 – 896
Praa Sands and District Community Centre, Pengersick Lane, Praa Sands, PENZANCE TR20 9RB I 3 (IBE3) 1 – 736




DATED:  11 July 2018                                                                                                 Kate Kennally

Returning Officer

Printed & Published by Returning Officer, Cornwall Council, Council Offices, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR.

GWR Significant disruption this Sunday 15 July 2018

Press release

Friday 13 July

Train operator warns of significant disruption this Sunday

Great Western Railway is warning customers of significant disruption to services this coming Sunday and has lifted ticket restrictions to enable people to travel before the disruption hits.

Due to a number of factors including on-going engineering work; the World Cup Final taking place; the continuing good weather, and the start of the school holidays in some regions, there is a reduced number of available staff.

GWR is advising customers planning to travel on long distance intercity services on Sunday 15 July that a revised timetable will be in place with a significantly reduced number of trains in operation. Long-distance services – including routes between Paddington and Bristol, South Wales, Oxford and Devon and Cornwall will be most affected, with some changes to suburban services in the West. Trains that do run will be extremely busy.

Local stopping services in the Thames Valley are expected to run as normal.

Passengers are advised to travel as early as possible, and to consider switching their travel plans to alternate days. To help with this, ticket restrictions have been removed from services on Saturday 14 and Monday 16 July, so that customers with tickets for Sunday, including Advance fixed train tickets can travel on other services. Ticket acceptance has also been agreed with CrossCountry trains.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“We will have managers and volunteers throughout our network to help at stations and on board, but unfortunately we will not be able to deliver our planned timetable of services; and the trains we are able to operate will be extremely busy.

“I would encourage customers to travel on a different day if they are able to and we will happily offer refunds to those who choose not to travel.

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience this disruption will cause.”

Full details of the revised timetable will be available online from Saturday 14 July for customers to check journeys before they travel.

Those who choose not to travel will be entitled to a full refund on their unused ticket (the GWR £10 administration fee is also waivered). To claim a refund please click here.