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Engineering work between London Paddington and Reading to delay services on Sunday – Rail UK



Passengers planning to travel to or from London Paddington on the morning of Sunday 12 May are being urged to check their journeys in advance as services will start later than usual owing to engineering work taking place between London Paddington and Reading.

Overnight track renewal work on the approach to London Paddington will now continue until 8am to allow further track work to be completed.

Improvement work has been taking place through the night this week to boost reliability and performance for passengers, however, additional work to replace a number of sleepers is now required to complete this work and prevent a temporary speed restriction being introduced.

Marcus Jones, managing director for Network Rail’s Western Route, said: “We’re sorry for the inconvenience this work may cause passengers on Sunday morning. The need for this additional work was identified whilst our teams were carrying out planned track renewals overnight this week as part of our £140m Thames Valley Performance Improvement Plan and has to be completed before services can operate.

“As services will start later and may be subject to change, it’s important that those planning to travel via London Paddington on Sunday morning plan their journey in advance.”

The following Great Western Railway services will be affected by this additional engineering work:

  • 06:20 Reading to London Paddington – cancelled.
  • 07:36 London Paddington to Great Malvern – starts at Oxford.
  • 07:38 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway – starts at Reading.
  • 07:51 London Paddington to Penzance – delayed by around 10 minutes.
  • 08:00 London Paddington to Exeter St. Davids – delayed by around three minutes.

There will also be no Elizabeth Line services between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway until 09:00 on Sunday 12 May. Passengers planning to travel before this time are advised to use London Underground or bus services. Information on alternative routes can be found using TfL’s Journey Planner.

Passengers using mainline services can check their journeys in advance at Great Western Railway or National Rail Enquiries.

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