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Rail commuters warned of delays

Train passengers will have to contend with another Network Rail engineering work overrun when they return to work tomorrow.

Customers on Cross Country and First Great Western services have been warned to expect an overrun on planned work between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Temple Meads until approximately 7.30am tomorrow.

This means that until 7.30am tomorrow buses will replace trains between the two stations with journey times extended by up to 60 minutes.

There were chaotic scenes in London on December 27 when a Network Rail (NR) overrun led to the closure of King's Cross and Paddington stations.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the overrun was totally unacceptable, and NR and the Office of Rail Regulation have both launched inquiries.

The NR inquiry report is expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Next week NR chief executive Mark Carne, who has said he is not taking his annual bonus, is due to appear before the House of Commons Transport Committee to explain the December 27 difficulties.

A Network Rail spokesman said there was expected to be an over-run of 60-90 minutes which would affect one or two trains, which would be replaced by buses.

"It is an inconvenience but people will still be able to make their journey," he said.

He said Taunton to London services would not be affected.

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