Overhead wire damage disrupts London Paddington services

Ivan Schwartz
October 20, 2018

"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". This means GWR, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express are all now not operating out of the station.

At around 12.40pm, Great Western Railway (GWR) tweeted: "Following overhead line damage some lines have reopened and a reduced service is operating into and out of London Paddington".

Commuters faced a travel nightmare this morning when Paddington station was plunged into chaos after a Hitachi train caused damage to 500m of electrical power lines during a test last night.

As a result, services between Paddington and Slough, and Paddington and Heathrow Airport, had to be suspended.

"The extent of the damage means we will not be able to complete our repairs in one night, so while services on Thursday morning will be significantly improved, there may still be some disruption".

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We strongly advise customers to only travel if necessary in the Thames Valley area, and to check carefully before traveling elsewhere as long distance journeys are likely to be affected.

Commuter Ava Farringdon, 29, a civil servant, said service had been poor in general since the introduction of new electric trains a year ago.

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".

It followed an evening of major delays as electricity supply problems caused delays and cancellations on a number of busy routes in and out of London. Services will depart every 30 minutes.

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