Paddington station grinds to a halt after test train damages overhead wires

Marco Green
October 17, 2018

There will be no trains between London Paddington and Reading until at least midday today following overhead wire damage caused by test train being operated by Hitachi in the Ealing area last night.

"Please expect delays for the rest of the day".

Tickets for GWR services will still be valid tomorrow and anyone who decides not to travel will be entitled to compensation.

United Kingdom infrastructure operator Network Rail said services were suspended on Wednesday after lines were damaged on Tuesday.

Passengers are advised to travel to London Waterloo, London Marylebone or London Euston depending upon their destination.

Trains between Paddington and Heathrow airport are also not running.

The disruption caused mayhem across the Great Western Railway (GWR), which serves Bristol, Cardiff and the West Country, with a significantly reduced service across the network and all trains terminating at Reading.

Network Rail said it was "working to recover all the stranded trains and to rectify the damage to the overhead electric wires".

It said it hoped to reopen two of the four affected lines from midday, but GWR advised passengers not to attempt to travel between Paddington and Slough until at least 12:00 BST.

"There will be a very significant reduction in train service frequency on most routes as a result of this incident and those services which do operate will be extremely busy".

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