Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Is London Paddington station open after yesterday's electric problems?

Is London Paddington station open after yesterday's electric problems?

A statement on the GWR website said: "Since around 7.30pm yesterday evening virtually no train service has been able to operate between London Paddington and Reading in either direction owing to the damage to the overhead wires".

Class 802s, a variant of the Intercity Express, have already entered passenger service on GWR between London, Plymouth and Penzance, while another test train ran successfully to Newquay on Monday, in preparation for the withdrawal of all full-length HSTs on GWR.

"Train services will instead terminate and start at Reading".

"A rail replacement bus service is now operating between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport".

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.

The problem is affecting the Heathrow Express, TfL rail, and Great Western Railway services.

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Commuters faced travel chaos across southern England today after a high-speed train tore down overhead wires outside one of Britain's busiest stations.

Engineers worked overnight to try to resolve the issue by installing new wires before trains resumed on Thursday.

The disruption affected passengers as far as south-west Wales, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance, according to Great Western Railway.

Two of the four lines from Slough to Paddington may open this afternoon.

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.

This means passengers trying to get back to Reading, Berkshire, could face cancellations and alterations.

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