London train derails: TfL Elizabeth line and Great Western disruption between Paddington, Heathrow, Reading

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A derailed freight train at West Ealing has led to Elizabeth line and Great Western delays and cancellations between Paddington, Heathrow and Reading.

Commuters between London Paddington and Heathrow airport and Reading are facing disruption on Friday morning (April 5).

National Rail reports trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or diverted after a freight train derailed. It is understood there were no injuries.

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The disruption is impacting services on both Transport for London’s Elizabeth line and Great Western Railway. The service changes are expected to last until midday.

TfL reported: “Severe delays between Paddington and Reading / Heathrow Airport while we fix a faulty freight train in the West Ealing area. Good service on the rest of the line. London Underground accepting tickets.”

Great Western Railway said: “Stopping services between Didcot Parkway and London Paddington will only operate between Didcot and Reading. Services between Bedwyn/Newbury and London Paddington will only operate between Bedwyn/Newbury and Reading. Customers should utilise GWR high speed services between Reading and London Paddington to complete their journeys.

“Customers travelling from/to Twyford, Maidenhead and Slough should use Elizabeth Line services.”

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Great Western Railway tickets are being accepted on Chiltern Railways, Elizabeth line, South Western Railway and London Underground services.

Planned strike action by train drivers’ union Aslef is taking place today on the following services:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • West Midlands Railway

Further disruption is being faced by TfL passengers, with no service on the Piccadilly line between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge due to a points failure at Uxbridge. The Northern line is closed between Golders Green and Edgware until April 11 due to planned engineering works.

On London’s Tram services, until Wednesday April 24, there is no service between East Croydon and New Addington/Beckenham Junction/Elmers End.

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