Paddington station: Evening rush hour disruption expected

Daniel Fowler
October 20, 2018

National Rail said overhead electric wires were severely damaged on Tuesday evening, stopping trains running in and out of the west London hub.

Great Western Railway says it is anticipated a "near normal" peak service is expected on Thursday, October 18, after a day of chaos on Wednesday, October 18.

"This has led to widespread disruption with trains initially stranded in various locations owing to loss of overhead power and diesel powered services unable to bypass the disabled electric trains".

Two of the four train lines are hoped to be open again by midday.

Network Rail engineers have been working to restore the damaged section at Hanwell, and most of the repairs were completed last night.

Travellers at Paddington station have been hit by a major disruption this morning, with cancellations expected throughout the day.

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Services were cancelled or delayed throughout yesterday (Wednesday) after 500m of overhead power cables were damaged during a new Hitachi train test run.

Trains to London's Heathrow Airport were among those affected, though by mid-afternoon a limited service had resumed.

As passengers look to find alternative routes, South Western Railway told its customers their trains in and out of London would be "very busy" as a result of more people using their services.

Commuters have been "strongly" advised not to travel towards London today and GWR said a "reduced timetable" will be in place today which affects all mainline routes to and from London Paddington.

One commuter trying to get to Bristol said he was likely to miss his morning meeting.

As of this morning, all services between Paddington and Slough are suspended.

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