South West nurse takes safe staffing call to heart of government

Nursing staff took the voices of their colleagues and the public to the heart of the Westminster government yesterday, calling for urgent action to fix the nursing workforce crisis in England.

Vicky Brotherton, a senior ophthalmic nurse at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, was among four nursing staff who went to Downing Street to hand in petitions totalling over 220,000 signatures...

Hugh Bonneville and cast launch Paddington’s Pop-up London

STUDIOCANAL, in partnership with, is delighted to announce the launch of PADDINGTON'S POP-UP LONDON which was unveiled today at London Bridge City by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and PADDINGTON 2 filmmakers and cast members Hugh Bonneville, Simon Farnaby, Rosie Allison, Alexandra Ferguson-Derbyshire, Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel and local school children. The five...

Plymouth lad cycling to Paris to raise funds for swimming pool

A young lad who works at Royal William Yard, and is an ex-student of Plymouth University is planning to cycle from London to Paris to raise money for a swimming pool for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Elliot and Max Pettifer, along with their life-long friend Matthew Weston, have nicknames themselves the Reliant Robins and are currently in training for the...

Woman sexually assaulted on Plymouth to London train

Detectives from British Transport Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted whilst travelling on a train between Plymouth and London Paddington.

Just after 9am on Friday 11 November, a 21-year-old woman boarded a train at Plymouth station, bound for London. During her journey a man sat next to her and then touched her inappropriately. She challenged the...

Jennie Bon supports Retirement Move

Retirement Move – is a national estate agency specialising in retirement homes and living. Their unique service aims to help thousands realise their retirement dream.

Supported by Broadcaster Jennie Bond, Retirement Move ( ) aims to make buying and selling retirement homes fast, easy and hassle-free for the retiring, the retired and their families.

New research from Retirement Move suggests the perfect age to start thinking about moving is 64 – with half of over sixties admitting they struggle to maintain their property, and a third find it hard to...

Labour to deliver new trains for Great Western line

Labour has today announced that the south west will get new trains on the Great Western line between Penzance and London Paddington if Labour wins the General Election.

On a visit to Plymouth Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Dugher, said he would take a decision on new trains on day one of Labour being in power.

The new franchise for the Great Western Line...

Britain’s tribute to Afghanistan heroes

The Royal British Legion is calling on veterans of the Afghanistan conflict to take part in a parade that will follow the Service of Commemoration being held to mark the end of combat operations at St Pauls Cathedral next Friday 13th March.

Following the conclusion of the Service, six detachments of Serving and ex-Service personnel will process from St Pauls to the Guildhall.


FGW announces SAD Therapy train carriage

Passengers enjoyed the first ever SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) therapy train carriage on the First Great Western 7.06am train from London Paddington Station to Penzance, Cornwall on Monday 2 January.

First Great Western collaborated with charity SADA, the Seasonal Affective Disorder Association, to see how they could brighten passenger’s journeys as the winter blues take their...

Boost for Devon rail commuters

Rail Minister Claire Perry has welcomed the first major redesign of First Great Western’s mainline timetable in Devon and Cornwall for seven years by waving off the first new 0706 retimed service.

The changes launched on Monday (15 December) see an improved service for the South West, providing an earlier morning direct service from London to Plymouth and Cornwall and shaving over 30...

Flybe pilot arrested on suspicion of being drunk before take off at Newquay

A pilot working for Exeter-based airline Flybe was arrested on suspicion of being drunk before take off after a fellow crew member raised the alarm.

He was due to fly from Newquay Airport to London Gatwick yesterday morning.

Passengers faced a five-hour delay as a resuilt of the incident.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "A 48-year-old man from Crediton,...