Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

GWR services recover after OHLE damage

GWR services recover after OHLE damage

Railway services in and out of London's Paddington station have returned to "near-normal" but the Heathrow Express is running at half capacity after damage to overhead electric cables caused severe disruption on Wednesday.

Lines had been closed, and all trains cancelled between London Paddington and Reading due to the damage to the overhead electric wires on that section of the line. "We advise only to travel if necessary".

The train was not in passenger service.

Network Rail, the Government-owned company responsible for managing Britain's rail infrastructure, had been planning how to fix the issue throughout the day, but could only perform repairs while trains were not running.

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.

Engineers carried out repairs overnight and three of the four closed lines were set to reopen on Thursday morning. "We apologise to passengers who have been affected by this major incident".

The train operator added: "Starting and terminating at Reading, an hourly train service will operate between Reading and Swansea in each direction".

"As a result two lines out of the four that are usually used are now open meaning a minimal service will be in place for the rest of today between London Paddington and Reading and Heathrow".

Great Western Rail customers can use their tickets on a variety of other services and are urged to check before they travel.

Delays on the Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan London Underground lines compounded difficulties for passengers trying to get across the city after arriving at alternative rail hubs.

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