Friday, 16 November, 2018

London Paddington station's train services return to near-normal

A departure board at Paddington station in west London shows cancelled trains on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were 'severely' damaged London travellers face disruption as Heathrow rail line suspended
Nellie Chapman | 20 October, 2018, 14:58

SERVICES between London Paddington and Reading are nearly back to normal today, after 500m of overhead wire was brought down by a Hitachi Class 802 running under test on Tuesday evening.

The high-speed Japanese train brought the overhead wires down while running from London to Bristol depot and many trains became stuck between Paddington and Reading due to a loss of power supply.

Services are expected to be delayed or revised for the remainder of the day, and passengers should check their journeys before travelling.

"A rail replacement bus service is now operating between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport. We advise only to travel if necessary". Some trains started running from midday, but there was major disruption to Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express services all day.

"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".

Engineers carried out repairs overnight and three of the four closed lines were set to reopen on Thursday morning.

But a limited service is now being run between Paddington station from Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse.

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

GWR is investing £500 million in a fleet of 36 Class 802s from Hitachi - part of an overall order of 93 from the Class 800 Series which are replacing the operator's high-speed rolling stock by the end of next year.

Following the damage in Ealing, GWR advised passengers that they could use their ticket on alternative routes, travel on Thursday or claim a refund.