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Paddington station: Frustrated passengers amid rail chaos
Rail passengers have been told a "near normal service" is running to and from London Paddington during the morning rush hour, but further disruption is likely.Services were delayed or cancelled throughout Wednesday.The chaos was caused by damage to 500m of overhead power cables inflicted during a train test run.Engineers carried out repairs overnight and three of the four closed lines were running again on Thursday morning.Network Rail engineers are yet to finish fixing the overhead wire on one of the four lines.
The final line is expected to be closed to electric trains during the evening rush hour.TfL Rail trains are running as normal and Heathrow Express services are running every 30 minutes, National Rail said.Some changes are expected to Great Western Railway (GWR) services commuter services to destinations in the Thames Valley, such as Maidenhead and Twyford, on Thursday evening.
No trains entered or left Paddington at all on Wednesday morning
The travel chaos on Tuesday night and all day on Wednesday affected GWR, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express passengers from as far as south-west Wales, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance.A reduced service began running at about midday but disruption continued throughout the afternoon and into the evening.Network Rail said the "extent of the damage" meant the repairs could not be completed in one night."We advise passengers to continue to check with train operators before travelling," a spokesman added.
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