Chaos on railway this morning as Paddington closes because of damage

A departure board at Paddington station in west London shows cancelled trains on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were 'severely' damaged

A departure board at Paddington station in west London shows cancelled trains on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were 'severely' damaged

The state-of-the-art train, operated by the government contractor Hitachi, was on a test run when it caused extensive damage to 500 metres of overhead lines last night.

National Rail said overhead electric wires were severely damaged on Tuesday evening, stopping trains running in and out of the west London hub.

If your train service is cancelled, you are entitled to a refund or compensation.

People can travel to and from the airport via a rail replacement bus service, to take a taxi or use the slower connection on the London Underground subway network.

Great Western Railway says it is anticipated a "near normal" peak service is expected on Thursday, October 18, after a day of chaos on Wednesday, October 18.

"We have been working throughout the night to understand the extent of the damage and we are focusing on trying to open some lines into London Paddington as soon as possible", the rail body added.

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Passengers have been urged not to attempt to travel via London Paddington this morning, after a major power failure left some trains stranded on the tracks for hours.

Engineers were to try and resolve the issue after rush hour on Wednesday by installing new wires before trains resumed the following morning.

Class 802 trains are bi-mode, meaning they can operate on electric and diesel power.

GWR is investing £500m in the new fleet delivered by Hitachi which will replace the operator's high-speed rolling stock by the end of next year.

Commuters have been "strongly" advised not to travel towards London today and GWR said a "reduced timetable" will be in place today which affects all mainline routes to and from London Paddington.

Matthew Benjamin tweeted about chaotic scenes at Reading, and said he'd had to queue in an underground vehicle park for a taxi to get back to London, where he had two night buses ahead of him.

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