Paddington station: 'Near normal' service after rail chaos

Andrew Cummings
October 20, 2018

Lines had been closed, and all trains cancelled between London Paddington and Reading due to the damage to the overhead electric wires on that section of the line.

A "near normal service" is running to London Paddington this morning, but more disruption could follow later today.

Network Rail has reopened two of the four lines into the station, meaning a minimal service will be in place for the rest of the day between London Paddington and Reading and Heathrow Airport.

Passengers attempting to travel between London and Slough are advised to avoid the station until at least midday.

TRAINS from Swindon to London have been severely disrupted this morning in the wake of damage near Ealing.

The chaos was caused by damage to 500m of overhead power cables inflicted during a train test run.

People can travel to and from the airport via a rail replacement bus service, to take a taxi or use the slower connection on the London Underground subway network.

This morning's issues come after commuters faced major delays on Tuesday evening as electricity supply problems caused delays and cancellations on a number of busy routes in and out of London.

In the early hours, National Rail said a near-normal service had resumed, with some alterations on commuter services in the Thames Valley area, including trains serving Maidenhead and Twyford.

Mitch Riviere, who works for HMRC, told the Press Association: "I was thinking of trying to go via Waterloo but that's not a great option - but it might have to be that or walk there".

Great Western Railway services will mostly be starting and terminating from Reading, with a reduced service between there and Slough.

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