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

Irving Hamilton
October 17, 2018

Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, and London are linked by a fast rail connection from Paddington station.

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

"A rail replacement bus service is now operating between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport".

GWR said that "virtually no train service" has run between Paddington and Reading since 7.30pm yesterday.

There were also major delays for commuters using Victoria Station on Tuesday evening after an electricity supply failure.

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There is no train service between Slough and London Paddington this morning due to damage to overhead power lines.

Two of the four lines from Slough to Paddington may open this afternoon. This means GWR, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express are all now not operating out of the station.

Network Rail said it was "working to recover all the stranded trains and to rectify the damage to the overhead electric wires". "We advise passengers to check before they travel with their train operator or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest travel information".

"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".

Network Rail has issued advice on alternative routes for passengers affected.

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