Thousands of rail passengers are tonight facing major delays and cancellations after a freight train broke down near Theale in Berkshire. It's understood that engineers will not be able to move the train for another two hours.
Services on the line from Reading to Theale, Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford, Bedwyn and Pewsey are badly hit. Some are delayed by eighty minutes.
Services to the south west are also delayed, with First Great Western drafting in buses to replace trains.
It is the latest in a series of incidents on the line. Current performance is just 82 per cent of trains on time in the Thames Valley. That is ten per cent worse than it should be. First Great Western is currently paying five per cent discounts to season ticket holders.
Disruption on First Great Western London bound between Taunton and Reading due to broken down train between Newbury and Reading.Some trains may be delayed by up to 45 minutes, while other services may not call at stations between Westbury and Reading.
Road transport is being arranged to run between Newbury and Reading.
Delays of up to 15 minutes on Southeastern between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks due to earlier signalling problem at Hildenborough. Trains are having to run at reduced speeds on all lines, causing delays. There is no current estimate for when a normal service will resume.