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

A departure board at Paddington station in west London shows cancelled trains on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were 'severely' damaged

A departure board at Paddington station in west London shows cancelled trains on Wednesday morning after overhead electric wires were 'severely' damaged

Passengers faced travel chaos after a Hitachi test train hit overhead cables in Hanwell near Ealing Broadway at around 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 16.

Paddington is one of London's busiest stations and its connections to Reading were also suspended.

"There will be no London commuter services and a reduced long-distance service timetable with trains starting from and terminating at Reading".

"Customers should travel from London Waterloo or London Marylebone instead, with tickets are being accepted on South Western Railway, Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains, West Midlands Railway and Transport for Wales".

This meant all lines between Slough and London Paddington had to be closed for fix work. "We advise passengers to check before they travel with their train operator or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest travel information".

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'As a result, GWR, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express will not be operating a train service between London Paddington, Hayes & Harlington or Slough until such time as repairs have been completed'.

However those alternative stations might not be that easy to get to either.

Hitachi issued a statement saying an investigation would be held, but failed to apologise to commuters for the huge problems caused. Take a look at full route advice.

The focal point of these struggles was Paddington, where damaged overhead wires mean no trains will run out of the station until at least midday.

RMT union workers are due to walkout from 00.01am on Tuesday, October 23 until 11.59pm on Saturday, October 27.

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