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09:30 - 24 April 2006
Fury erupted last night over cuts that would take up to 1,000 seats off busy West trains each day.

The Government wants to remove rolling stock from the region and send it to areas of the North and the Midlands. But campaigners in the region angrily dubbed it The Great Train Robbery and said capacity must be increased, not slashed.

Among those that would lose out under the proposals include the Greater Bristol area, Somerset and Wiltshire.

David Redgewell, the West spokesman for pressure group Transport 2000, said the move would have "an absolutely devastating effect" on rail users.

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