London Paddington delays: Passengers face rush hour cancellations after train derails at station

Francesca Gillett
Off-track: The rear carriage of Sunday's 11.57 to Penzance partially derailed as the train left the station: Network Rail

Passengers travelling through Paddington are being warned of rush hour travel chaos today after a train derailed over the weekend.

Journeys could be delayed by up to 20 minutes as platform two at the busy London mainline station is shut to allow engineers to carry out repair work.

The train came off the tracks on Sunday morning as it pulled out of Paddington station. Travellers were forced to disembark and two platforms were shut for the rest of the day.

On Monday morning, after engineers worked through the night to fix the line, Network Rail said platform one has been reopened but platform two will stay shut throughout the day.

Great Western Railway said “fewer trains are able to run on all lines”. In a statement the train operator added: “Train services running to and from this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 20 minutes.

“Disruption is expected until the end of the day.”

Network Rail added: “Passengers are advised to check before they travel tomorrow morning.”

GWR serves Wales, southern England and the South West with a network of lines which take in Cornwall, Devon and Gloucestershire.

The rear carriage of its 11.57am service to Penzance came off of the tracks while travelling at a low-speed and no one was injured, the rail firm said.

The derailment comes towards the end of a month-long upgrade work at Waterloo station, which has left commuters with fewer services.

Network Rail has embarked on a £800 million redevelopment project at Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station, to lengthen platforms for longer trains.

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