Passengers will be experiencing major rush hour chaos today as one of London’s busiest railway stations, Paddington, will remain shut following disruption which started overnight.
National Rail said overhead electric wires were “severely damaged” on Tuesday evening, stopping trains running in and out of the west London hub. Following this disruption, all Great Western Railway (GWR) trains between Paddington and Slough had been cancelled until at least midday.
Trains between Paddington and Heathrow airport are also not running. However, a rail replacement bus service is running between Paddington and Heathrow.
London Underground and bus services are accepting tickets, Transport for London (TfL) said.
Just got home 6hrs after I left Maidenhead thanks to no electrics into Paddington. @GWRHelp please advise re compensation! I’m sorry for the emergency guys who had to take all the flack with good humour. pic.twitter.com/2ahHNtRkBo
— Anila Babla (@AnilaBabla) October 17, 2018
— Tracey Lees (@TraceyLees2) October 17, 2018
Electrifying the great western @GWRHelp line may make trains quicker and smoother but it has destroyed the countryside and overlooks that damage to the exposed overhead lines causes complete shutdown and chaos! #Paddington
— Richard Stone (@rwstone1) October 17, 2018