There are delays of up to 45 minutes on First Great Western services between Newbury and London Paddington due to broken down train between Theale and Reading.
Cleaners on the First Great Western route are protesting at Paddington Station this morning as part of a four day strike.
They will then make their way to the company's headquarters in Swindon in a row over pay and zero hours contracts.
Video. There was some first class news for rail passengers today. First Great Western has had its franchise secured for two more years, until September 2015. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, reports.
Passengers are being promised a series of improvements from First Great Western during the franchise extension, including better wifi and additional sleep carriages:
– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary
I am also determined that we see further improvements during the lifetime of this contract; more standard class and fewer first class seats on key services and the delivery of more electric trains for the Thames Valley.
This agreement provides further proof that the Government's new franchising schedule is on track, delivering value for money for the taxpayer and supporting the ongoing multibillion-pound investment programme in our railways.
First Great Western has been given a 23-month extension to its franchise. The company will carry on running the Great Western main line until September 2015 before bidding starts for a new long-term franchise.
Services are being delayed by up to 50 minutes on First Great Western between Reading and Redhill, and between Reading and Gatwick Airport due to emergency engineering works.
First Great Western say there is no estimate of when normal service will resume.
First Great Western is to cut the number of announcements on its trains. By the end of this month it will have re-trained 1,000 staff to keep them relevant and brief.
Passengers have long said many are annoying, pointless and repetitive.
Even Transport Minister Norman Baker has urged train operators to curb "excessive" announcements.
In this report we talk to David Crone of First Great Western and George Bentley a Train Manager who makes announcements on the line to Paddington, and hear from Passengers.
Repetitive on board announcements on trains in the Thames Valley will be scrapped after years of passenger's complaints.
First Great Western are retraining one thousand staff to keep their messages to the point after the company's research showed their excessive guard announcements were causing customers to switch off.
First Great Western have decided to reduced the number of announcements made on train journeys, following pressure from passengers. Research carried out by the train provider found, half of passengers don't listen to them.