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Chaos at Paddington Station

Chaos at Paddington Station

London commuters are facing yet more disruption this morning (October 17th) after a power cable near Paddington Station was damaged.

All of the trains operated by Great Western Railway (GWR) that usually run between Paddington and Slough have been cancelled due to 500 metres of cables being broken on Tuesday night.

While some reports have suggested that things might return to normal by midday, Network Rail has said that services are likely to be affected all day, meaning the afternoon commute also looks bleak.

Around 90,000 passengers make use of Paddington Station every day, making it one of the busiest stations in the capital.

GWR said: "Owing to the extent of the damage, no trains are expected to be able to operate between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington in either direction for much of Wednesday.

"As a result, GWR, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express will not be operating a train service between London Paddington, Hayes & Harlington or Slough until such time as repairs have been completed."

Network Rail has outlined the options available to passengers needing to get to their destinations, which include bus replacement services, showing how buses can often save the day.

To take the stress out of commuting and bypass the train all together, passengers can sign up to travelling to work by coach instead.

Paddington isn’t the only station to have been facing problems this week, as London Victoria was subject to a power failure last night (October 16th).

The issue began at 6pm, which is prime time for commuting, and led to delays and cancellations on Southern Railway, Southeastern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services.

A large section of track between Victoria and Croydon was affected and while the lines were all reopened, many commuters will not have got home until late last night.


Photo credit: iStock/Lisa Bronitt

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