Rail chaos at Paddington continues with rush hour commuters facing delays until at least midday 

Rail chaos at Paddington that caused thousands of mourners to miss the Queen’s funeral continues with rush hour commuters facing delays until at least midday

  • Lines to and from west London station were blocked from 6.30am on Monday
  • It caused severe disruption for mourners travelling to London and Windsor
  • Some had to watch funeral proceedings on their phones while stuck on trains
  • Network Rail said today work to fix damaged overhead electric wires is ongoing 
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Rail chaos at Paddington that caused thousands of mourners to miss the Queen’s funeral continued this morning as rush hour commuters were warned they are facing delays until at least midday. 

Network Rail said work to fix damaged overhead electric wires affecting services at the west London station is ongoing.

The problem near Hayes and Harlington station caused all lines to and from Paddington to be blocked from 6.30am on Monday, causing severe disruption for mourners travelling to London and Windsor in Berkshire.

Rail chaos at Paddington that caused thousands of mourners to miss the Queen's funeral continued this morning as rush hour commuters were warned they are facing delays until at least midday. Pictured: Chaotic scenes at Reading station yesterday

Rail chaos at Paddington that caused thousands of mourners to miss the Queen’s funeral continued this morning as rush hour commuters were warned they are facing delays until at least midday. Pictured: Chaotic scenes at Reading station yesterday

Some resorted to watching funeral proceedings on their mobiles as they were stuck on trains and platforms.

Many passengers were advised to change trains at Reading, leading to long queues of people at the station on Monday night.

In an update issued on Tuesday morning, National Rail Enquiries said: ‘No trains are able to run between Heathrow Airport/West Drayton and London Paddington.

‘We anticipate disruption will continue until 12pm.

‘Passengers are strongly advised only to travel if necessary and to please check before you travel.’

Services run by Great Western Railway, Heathrow Express and the Elizabeth line are affected.

There was little luck for motorists who had travelled to Windsor to view the procession and committal service too, with queues of up to two hours reported by those trying to leave car parks in the area.

Police were called to take over the marshalling after angry drivers clashed with stewards. 

Mourners looking for a smooth get away hit out at what they saw as ‘shocking’ organisation at the Review Ground car park, where thousands of people were left struggling to get out yesterday afternoon.

The chaos on the trains and the roads meant tens of thousands of people had their travel plans interrupted on one of the most momentous days in the last hundred years. 

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