Rail passengers are facing a second day of disruption at London’s Paddington station as lines into and out of the capital remain closed.
Network Rail has told people to travel only if absolutely necessary and to expect busy services on other routes as it works to fix damaged power lines.
The power lines near Hayes and Harlington station in the west of London were damaged in the early hours of Monday morning and caused all lines to and from Paddington to be blocked from 6.30am on Monday.
Thousands of mourners trying to get to London for the Queen’s funeral were prevented from getting into the city and some resorted to watching the event on their mobile phones while stuck on stationary trains.
Network Rail said the damage to the overhead lines was “significant” and warned that services would not be fully restored until at least 12pm on Tuesday, 20 September, with services cut short later in the day to allow further repairs.
Heathrow Express and Elizabeth line services are affected by the disruption, as are Great Western Railway (GWR) routes running as far as Wales and Conrwall, but Network Rail said it hoped to have some services restored on all four lines by 9.30am.
In an update issued on Tuesday morning, Network Rail said: “We are working hard to reopen the four railway lines into Paddington at 9.30am when GWR, Heathrow Express and Elizabeth line services will resume into London Paddington.
“The Elizabeth line will be operating fully from Reading to London Paddington, with GWR services expected to offer a full timetable in operation by midday.
“We are very sorry that there will continue to be considerable disruption to services this morning and passengers are strongly advised to travel only if necessary and check before they travel.”
Network Rail said that engineers had worked through the night to repair the damaged overhead lines but had discovered more “extensive damage” that meant only two of the four lines will reopen to electric power today.
It also advised passengers that all services into and out of Paddington will end before 10pm today to allow engineers to carry out further repair work.
Travel advice for passengers
National Rail enquiries has issued the following advice for anyone trying to travel via Paddington:
- Passengers travelling between London and Reading should travel to/from London Waterloo, using South Western Railway services to/from Reading.
- Passengers in London travelling to Oxford and Banbury can travel from London Marylebone.
- Passengers in Windsor travelling to London should travel via Windsor & Eton Riverside to London Waterloo.
- Passengers in Windsor travelling west should travel from Windsor & Eton Central to Slough and change at Slough for mainline services to Reading and onwards.
- On the Elizabeth line a 30-minute frequency service is running between West Drayton and Reading and a 30-minute shuttle service is operating between Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 / 5 and Heathrow Airport central terminal area.
- Passengers travelling to / from Heathrow should use the Piccadilly Line. Tickets will be accepted on London Underground, London Buses and First Berkshire between Slough and Reading, also on South Western Railway services between London Waterloo and Reading.
- For Great Western Railway customers, tickets dated for travel on Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 September will be valid for travel up to and including Wednesday 21 September.
- You can use your ticket on the following services via any reasonable route: London Buses;
- London Underground; CrossCountry; First Bus routes 3 / 4 / 7 / X25; Reading Buses skyblue 16 / jetBlack 1 and South Western Railway via any reasonable route.