Rail passengers facing severe disruption again as Paddington suspends services


Paddington has suspended services in and out (Picture: PA)

Paddington has suspended services in and out (Picture: PA)

Train passengers are facing more transport misery in London this evening, after services from Paddington were suspended.

Great Western Railway (GWR) said all lines between the west London station and Slough, Berkshire, are blocked.

The severe disruption has been caused by damage to overhead electric wires for the second time in a week.

Pictures show massive queues of people in the departure hall.

Trains travelling from Reading and Heathrow Airport have been affected, with services run by GWR, Heathrow Express and the Elizabeth line impacted.

Disruption is expected to last until the end of the day with delays of around an hour reported earlier.

Passengers with tickets on cancelled or delayed services can use them on South Western Railway, Chiltern, Elizabeth Line or London Underground services.

GWR tweeted: ‘Due to damage to the overhead electric wires between London Paddington and Slough some lines towards London Paddington are blocked.

A passenger information board at Paddington Station in London as damage to overhead electric wires causes travel chaos. Picture date: Friday September 23, 2022. PA Photo. Rail passengers have been warned of severe disruption after train services at Paddington station were suspended. Great Western Railway (GWR) said all lines between the west London station and Slough, Berkshire, are blocked due to damage to overhead electric wires. The problem has also delayed trains travelling from Reading and Heathrow Airport. Services had initially been expected to be disrupted until 6pm. This was then changed to 8pm, before the rail company announced that services would be affected for the rest of the day. The problem has also delayed trains travelling from Reading and Heathrow Airport. Services run by GWR, Heathrow Express and the Elizabeth line are disrupted. Passengers with tickets on cancelled or delayed services can use them on South Western Railway, Chiltern, Elizabeth Line or London Underground services. See PA story TRANSPORT Delays. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A sign from Great Western Railway explains the delays (Picture: PA)
Queues at Paddington (Picture: PA)
People face delays of around 90 minutes (Picture: UK)
Commuters face delays on various lines (Picture: UK)

‘Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

‘Disruption is expected until 8pm. Ticket acceptance is in place with SWR, Chiltern, TfL on the Elizabeth Line and the London Underground via any reasonable route until further notice.’

Disruption was still being reported after 8.30pm this evening.

National Rail Enquiries is showing that all services to and from Paddington are ‘delayed’ or ‘cancelled’.


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It explained: ‘Damage to the overhead wires between Ealing Broadway and Hayes & Harlington means the line is disrupted to and from London Paddington.

‘Trains running between these stations may be delayed by up to 90 minutes or cancelled.’

This is the second time in a week that trains have been suspended from Paddington, with services on Monday affected by the same problem.

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