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Pembroke Dock: New Inter City express train rolls into town

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THE FIRST of the new Class 800 Inter City Express Train rolled into Pembroke Dock weekend (May 26). The scene was captured by local railway enthusiast David Woolnough who photographed the event.

Over the summer Great Western Railway’s new Intercity Express Trains will be running their services down to Pembroke Dock via Tenby on Saturdays, with improved journey times, comfort and reliability promised.

The trains have been gradually replacing the old Intercity 125s over the last 18 months, and came in as part of the electrification of the mainline from Paddington to Cardiff which should be completed later this year.

The new trains run on electricity but can switch to diesel when running on a track that’s not been electrified.

Local train enthusiast Roy Jenkins told The Herald: “Last summer the the new Class 800 train was the first Intercity Express Train to travel from London beyond Exeter in passenger service, marking another milestone in the roll out of the new fleet, when the service arrived at another seaside town at Paignton in Devon.

“The Class 800 Inter City Express Trains are due to run to south Pembrokeshire on Saturdays only between May 25 and September 7, with the first of GWR’s new services due this Saturday (May 25) at Pembroke Dock.

He added: “The trains will be running as a 10 carriage train from London to Swansea made up of two five carriage sets then dividing there with one of the five car sets running down to Pembroke Dock and back.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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