Train passengers stranded overnight due to major disruption out of London

Blank screens at Paddington Station, London, after no trains could enter or leave the station, from 6.30am because of damage to overhead electric wires near Hayes and Harlington station.Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story FUNERAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Margaret Davis/PA Wire

Blank screens at Paddington Station after no trains could enter or leave all day yesterday (Picture: PA)

Last night saw travel misery for many on one of the busiest ever days for transport in the capital.

Things would already have been busy, with up to a million people packed into just the area of Buckingham Palace and the surrounding royal parks.

But problems with overhead power cables on the route west out of London meant that services to and from Paddington were disrupted yesterday – and it’s still going on.

Many people were stranded in Reading, finding their trains further west cancelled or delayed when they finally got there.

Others, who wanted to go into the capital, were also stuck after no trains have entered or left the station since 6.30am yesterday.

Station staff were trying to order taxis for passengers who risked becoming stuck at Reading station overnight amid a limited number of departing trains.

Some were taken as far as Birmingham by car as a result.

Stage manager Emily Walls tweeted a photo of a crowded Reading Station, saying: ‘I found all the crowds from the #funeral… chaos and no trains from Paddington, huge queues at #readingstation for trains going west. It’ll be a long evening. Well done @networkrail and @south_railw’.

I found all the crowds from the #funeral… chaos and no trains from Paddington, huge queues at #readingstation for trains going west. It’ll be a long evening. Well done @networkrail and @south_railway pic.twitter.com/4Rx3FLjqf8

— Emily Walls – Company Stage Manager (@emilydoesthat) September 19, 2022

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A notice of travel disruption yesterday (Picture: Network Rail)

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