Train passengers in South Wales were facing major delays and cancellations to services on Friday morning after a train derailed at London Paddington Station.
An empty train derailed in a siding outside London Paddington on Thursday evening.
Network Rail said it travelled past a red signal “resulting in an automatic derailment.”
— Network Rail (@networkrail) June 16, 2016
This caused damage to signalling and the overhead wires.
Some lines are now open however a limited service will run to and from London Paddington until the end of service on Friday.
It means that Great Western Railway is running a reduced service between London Paddington and Swansea.
National Rail is advising that the following alterations will apply:
- Services from London Paddington to Cardiff Central at 15 minutes past the hour will not run.
- Services from Cardiff Central to London Paddington at 55 minutes past the hour will not run.
- No Heathrow Connect service will run.
- Heathrow Express service will run every 30 minutes. Pre-booked Heathrow Connect tickets will be accepted on these services.
- Services between London Paddington and Greenford will now start / terminate at West Ealing.
- Services between London Paddington and Bedwyn will now start / terminate at Reading.
- Services from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads at 30 minutes past the hour will not run.
- Services from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington on the hour will not run
- Services between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa will not run.
- Some services between London Paddington and Reading will call additionally at West Ealing and Hanwell
Great Western Railway passengers may use
- Tickets dated 16 June
- Arriva Trains Wales services between Hereford and Newport
- CrossCountry services between Banbury and Basingstoke
- Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway / Banbury
- First buses on routes: 1B, 58, 76, 71, 77, 75, X74
- South West Trains on any reasonable route
- Virgin Trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
- London Underground on any reasonable route
- London Buses on route 140 between Hayes Harlington and Heathrow (Central Bus Station)
- London Midland services between Hereford / Worcester / London Euston and Birmingham New Street.