Trains from South Wales to London affected by disruption

General view of Paddington train station in Paddington London

Rush-hour travel chaos at Paddington station on Wednesday was caused by a test train damaging electrical wires the previous night.

Trains began running again around midday, but rail operators Great Western Railway, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express insisted services would be "limited" for the rest of the day.

Many trains became stranded between Paddington and Reading due to a loss of power supply.

Services in and out of London Paddington may still be disrupted on Thursday after the severity of the damage meant engineers would be unable to complete repairs overnight, Network Rail warned.

United Kingdom infrastructure operator Network Rail said services were suspended on Wednesday after lines were damaged on Tuesday.

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Paddington, which is one of the UK's busiest stations with about 100,000 passengers each day, was deserted for much of Wednesday after services on most key routes were suspended.

The disruption is also affecting services heading west, with some trains to Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff Central cancelled this morning.

Yesterday, trains were Cancelled, or delayed whilst engineers worked to fix 500 meters of damaged cables. The train was not in passenger use, but the knock-on affects of fixing the problem caused issues for commuters and tourists alike.

In the early hours, National Rail said a near-normal service had resumed, with some alterations on commuter services in the Thames Valley area, including trains serving Maidenhead and Twyford.

Elsewhere, travellers trying to get from Slough to Windsor and trying to catch a train to Waterloo instead of Paddington, as advised, faced a further 35-minute delay at one point because there was no driver available for the short journey.

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