Paddington station grinds to a halt after test train damages overhead wires

18 October, 2018, 13:53 | Author: Regina Silva
  • General view of Paddington train station in Paddington London

However, the company says there are likely to be restrictions on the line between Ealing Broadway and London Paddington which will limit the use of electric trains in the evening rush hour.

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

"So while services on Thursday morning will be significantly improved, there may still be some disruption".

More information can be found on Great Western Railway's website here.

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500m of overhead cables were damaged during a test run of a brand-new Hitachi train on Tuesday night. Services will depart every 30 minutes.

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"Customers intending to travel to or from intermediate stations between London Paddington and Slough are advised not attempt to travel by train until such time that confirmation has been published that the route has been reopened".

GWR said because one line remained closed "some alterations will be experienced on commuter services in the Thames Valley, particularly trains serving the stations of Maidenhead and Twyford".

Two of the four lines from Paddington were opened at about 12.40pm on Wednesday after engineers cleared debris and restored power so trapped trains could be moved.

GWR Train at Reading.

Hitachi said a "full and thorough" investigation would take place to identify the cause of the issue.

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.

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