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Trains around Reading disrupted by gas cylinder fire

  • 2-28-2011

Train services around Reading in Berkshire were disrupted by a fire involving a gas cylinder, which it was feared might explode.

Crews were called to Kennet Weir business park in Theale at 0930 GMT.

A 200m (650ft) cordon was set up and workers were evacuated from offices. A smaller cordon remains in place while the cylinder is monitored.

The earlier exclusion zone included the railway, meaning trains from Reading to Westbury were halted until 1530 GMT.

Train services to the west of England were diverted around the area and did not call at any stations between Reading and Westbury during the incident.

Bus replacements operated between Reading and Bedwyn and Pewsey and Swindon.

A specialist robot brought in from the London Fire Brigade was used remotely to assess the cylinder. About 30 firefighters attended the scene.

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