Rail passengers will face a second day of disruption tomorrow after engineering work to complete the first first phase of Reading's new £900m station ran late. On some routes only half the expected service will run with places like Oxford having one train an hour to London rather than two.
– Dan Panes, First Great Western
We are very sorry for the disruption to our customers. We are doing everything possible to provide the best possible service our passengers deserve. At the end of this they will have a station and network which both they and us can be proud of. We are working as hard a possible to ensure we deliver the best possible service for our passengers."
Managers at First Great Western have spent this evening doing all they can to try to resolve the issue and put in place a service that will work for the morning.
Half the tracks at Reading are closed to allow more work on the station upgrade to continue until next Monday.
Problems began after work to upgrade the station were late by almost an hour. It led to delays and cancellations in both the morning and evening rush hour. £900m is being spent on a new station and five extra platform on the most congested part of the network.