Stories of the week: December 15-21

Stories of the week: December 15-21

Stories of the week: December 15-21

The Advertiser and Express websites bring you a round-up of the week's top stories from across east Berkshire each weekend.

Visit our websites every Saturday for the main news stories over the last seven days in Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Twyford and Burnham. Click on the links to read the full story.

1. Shoppers and commuters talk about rail chaos

Disgruntled commuters were hit by train delays at Maidenhead Railway Station. Signal failure caused significant disruption to First Great Western services, leading to a significantly reduced service between Reading and London Paddington.



2. Taxi rank owner raised Maidenhead town centre gas leak alarm

The owner of On Time Cars spoke about the gas leak which brought chaos to the heart of Maidenhead. A 100-yard stretch of Queen Street was cordoned off after police, firefighters and engineers from gas supply firm Transco were called to Queen Street.





3. Spotted: American Buff-bellied Pipit in Berkshire

A bemused American Buff-bellied Pipit bird blown off course on his journey south attracted more than 1,000 fans to his new home in Datchet. There have only been 20 sitings in Britain over the last century but enthusiast Michael McKee spotted one on the banks of the Queen Mother Reservoir.


4. Top UK congested train: Maidenhead and Twyford service to London

A rush hour train from Maidenhead into London Paddington was named the busiest in the country. The 7.44am service from Henley-on-Thames, which gets into Maidenhead at 8.04am, came top of a Department for Transport list of the 10 most congested trains in England and Wales.


5. Wife was stranded in Greece with husband's body after holiday tragedy

The family of a respected teacher from Slough who died on holiday in Greece said they had been 'let down' by authorities at home and abroad. Former St Joseph's School head of technology Brian McMahon died in August while travelling around Greek islands with his wife Mary.


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