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FGW apologise for Reading delays

First Great Western Trains have tonight issued an apology for today's travel chaos at Reading Station:

First Great Western would like to apologise for the delays to some services in the Thames Valley which were compounded by the very limited capacity at Reading Station.

Having re-evaluated our plans for the remainder of the week with Network Rail and other Train Operating Companies, a revised timetable will be in operation.

Our normal timetable will resume once Network Rail has completed their work on 8 April.

The statement advises checking their website for updates.

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Problems return at Reading station

Train services through Reading Station are in chaos tonight and there could be problems tomorrow.

It follows disruption this morning when engineering works overran to allow the opening of the first phase of the new £900m station. A broken down train and signal problems added to the disruption.

It has now been revealed that because trains were left in the wrong place some drivers can no longer work trains because they would be in breach safety rules to limit how long they can spend in the cab.

Trains to Newbury, Paddington, Basingstoke and Oxford have been hit with cancellations.

Part of the station remains closed to allow for more work but it appears that too many trains have been timetables to run than than the station can cope with.

Managers are meeting tonight to consider reducing the planned service for tomorrow.

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