London travellers face disruption as Heathrow rail line suspended

  • London travellers face disruption as Heathrow rail line suspended

London travellers face disruption as Heathrow rail line suspended

"Due to damage to the overhead electrical wires there is no Heathrow Express between Paddington and Heathrow", the Heathrow Express service said on Twitter.

"Please expect delays for the rest of the day". Tickets for GWR services today will also be valid for tomorrow, should customers choose to postpone their journey.

The disruption caused mayhem across the Great Western Railway (GWR), which serves Bristol, Cardiff and the West Country, with a significantly reduced service across the network and all trains terminating at Reading.

Passengers are advised to travel to London Waterloo, London Marylebone or London Euston depending upon their destination.

Some of the lines are expected to reopen after lunchtime but passengers are advised to find alternative routes into London this morning, such as trains to London Waterloo.

"This has led to widespread disruption with trains initially stranded in various locations owing to loss of overhead power and diesel powered services unable to bypass the disabled electric trains", a company statement said this morning. "We advise passengers to check before they travel with their train operator or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest travel information".

People can travel to and from the airport via a rail replacement bus service, to take a taxi or use the slower connection on the London Underground subway network.

Lines from Slough to Reading are operating on a limited basis.