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Disruption likely for the rest of the day

Signalling problems near Slough are still causing major disruption to services between Reading and London Paddington, that's according to the National Rail Enquiries website.

A severely reduced service is in operation between Reading and London Paddington, and trains that are running will be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until the end of service today.

Passengers are being advised to check with rail operators which services which will be running.

Disruption will continue into the afternoon

Travellers between Reading and London are being warned they could face disruption until 4pm. This follows earlier problems with signals around Slough which caused delays of several hours for commuters this morning.

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Network Rail Engineers are carrying out tests on a mile-long section of cable that has had to be replaced, following a signalling problem in Slough. The incident has caused major delays for commuters travelling through Reading and Paddington.

On its website, Network Rail said there was no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last. Like National Rail Enquiries, it says commuters are likely to experience a disrupted service until noon at the very earliest.

Train delays expected at least until lunchtime

Signalling problems near Slough are causing major disruption to services between Reading and London Paddington.

A severely reduced service is in operation between Reading and London Paddington, and trains that are running will be delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Network Rail says First Great Western tickets will be accepted on the following routes:

  • South West Trains between Reading and Waterloo via any reasonable route
  • Chiltern Railway between Banbury and Marylebone
  • CrossCountry between Oxford and Reading and also Cheltenham and Birmingham New Street.
  • London Midland between Worcester and Birmingham New Street.
  • Virgin Trains between Birmingham New Street and Euston.
  • London Buses and London Underground via any reasonable route
  • First Berkshire Buses on Routes 1B/2 between Slough and Burnham; Routes 58/78 between Slough and Langley; Route 75 between Maidenhead, Burnham, Slough and Langley and Route 76 between Burnham, Slough and Langley.

National Rail Enquiries has said it expects the disruption to continue at least until midday.

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Train services cancelled to London Paddington

Many passengers are being forced to stand for their journey Credit: Julian Jest

There is severe disruption to many services from the Thames Valley to the capital this morning. Three out of four trains into Paddington have been cancelled following signal problems on the mainline in Berkshire.

First Great Western say they have no idea when the issue will be resolved.

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A CCTV image of the man police want to speak to. Credit: British Transport Police

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The victim fell asleep on the train in the early hours of last Sunday. She awoke to find the man touching her.

The BTP has released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to who got off the train at Reading. Anyone with information can call them on 0800 40 50 40 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote reference GSUB/B5 of 27/08/14.

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