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Test train damages electrical wires causing severe disruption at Paddington

Trains are currently unable to run between London Paddington and Slough or Heathrow Airport after 500 metres of overhead electric wires suffered "extensive damage" at Ealing on Tuesday night.

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Many trains became stranded between Paddington and Reading due to a loss of power supply, and Great Western Railway said a reduced timetable would impact most mainline routes.

A spokeswoman said,

We are experiencing severe disruption on all services into and out of London Paddington and this is likely to affect services in other areas for the rest of the day.

This is owing to 500 metres of extensive damage caused to overhead power lines in the Hanwell area yesterday evening.

We have been working throughout the night to understand the extent of the damage and we are focusing on trying to open some lines into London Paddington as soon as possible.

– Great Western railway

Travellers trying to get to Heathrow were told to take the Piccadilly Tube line or a bus-replacement service.

Further delays on the Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan London Underground lines made it diffcult for commuters trying to get across the city.

Paddington Station Credit: PA

GWR staff wheeled a trolley on to the Paddington concourse at around 8.30am to give away free tea, coffee and biscuits to frustrated commuters.

One customer tweeted,

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Network Rail said it expected to open two train lines by midday, but warned disruption would last until the end of Wednesday.