Paddington disruption

Delays and cancellations at Paddington station following a fire

Transport problems wreck Christmas getaway

It was supposed to be the start of their great Christmas Getaway.

But travel plans for thousands of people have been wrecked by rail failures.

Signal problems hit services into and out of Paddington Station and near Gatwick Airport.

Meanwhile, the AA has reported a surge in breakdowns in the capital - many of them flat batteries - as people leave their lights on when they dash to go shopping.

Here's Ronke Phillips.

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Network Rail: 'Services to and from Paddington severely disrupted'

Services to and from Paddington are currently being severely disrupted following two separate signalling problems at Acton and Hayes in west London.

Engineers have been on site since the incidents occurred and have worked through the night to repair extensive damage to lineside equipment, some of which has been damaged by fire.

Until the repairs are complete, two of the four lines serving Paddington will remain closed with an amended timetable in place to many destinations.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to anyone who has had their travel plans disrupted as a result of these problems, particularly at this very busy time of year.

We have diverted all available resources to fixing the problems and will do everything we can to get a full service running as quickly as possible.

Passengers are advised to check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries for further details.

– Network Rail spokesperson
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Fire causes disruption at Paddington train station

A fire in a railway equipment room in west London is causing disruption to services at Paddington station today, Network Rail have said.

Yesterday afternoon we had an electrical fire in a lineside equipment room at Acton which damaged equipment which meant we have not been able to run a full service today. Services to and from Paddington have been affected by this.

– NETWORK RAIL SPOKESPERSON

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