London Paddington trains suspended after person dies on tracks near Slough

Harriet Brewis
Services from Waterloo and Paddington stations are distrupted: AFP/Getty Images

A person has died on railway tracks near Slough, causing the suspension of some services out of London Paddington.

Emergency services rushed to the line in Taplow at 10.40am this morning following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Officers were called at 10.40am this morning to the line in Taplow, following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

"Paramedics are also attending, however sadly a person has been pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers are now working to identify the person and establish the full circumstances behind their death. A file will be prepared for the coroner."

All Great Western Railway (GWR) lines between Slough and Reading were closed after the incident, affecting services from Paddington station.

The rail operator later said some lines between the two stations reopened just before 1pm.

But the network added: “Fewer trains can run than usual and those that do will be subject to delays and alterations.”

A GWR spokesperson said it was likely train lines would be open by 5.30pm, “but there may be some residual impact in terms of displaced staff and trains.”

GWR ticket holders are able to use South Western Railway services between Reading and London Waterloo, National Rail confirmed on its website.

The cancelled GWR services comes as National Rail reported delays between Reading and London Waterloo until at least 2pm due to a signal fault between Reading and Virginia Water.

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