You may have heard that we are not currently able to run trains between London Paddington and Reading. This follows damage to the overhead electric wires at Ealing by a test train operated by Hitachi Rail Europe yesterday evening – it was not in passenger service.
Network Rail have worked through the night, but need more time to safely repair and recommission the overhead wires. They expect to be able to re-open two of the four lines into Paddington around midday. Disruption will however continue throughout the day.
We are therefore operating a reduced long distance service and there will be no local services between Reading and Paddington until lines re-open. We are advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary and to check carefully before setting out.
For those who do need to travel we have arranged for GWR tickets to be accepted on London Waterloo services (change at Reading) or services to London Marylebone and our tickets are valid on South Western Railway, Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains, West Midlands Railway and Transport for Wales services. Customers between Reading and London can also use TfL underground and bus service
I am sorry for the very difficult start to the day for our customers. We will be working with Network Rail and Hitachi to understand what happened and will do all we can to get the lines opened as quickly as possibl
All the latest information will be on our website www.gwr.com and will be regularly updating traditional and social media outlets
Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL
E: mark.hopwoodGWR-MD@GWR.com |