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

Rail chaos at Paddington, which 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 6.30 Monday
  • It caused serious disruption for mourners traveling to London and Windsor
  • Some had to watch funeral proceedings on their phones while stuck on trains
  • Network Rail said today that work is underway to repair damaged electrical wires
  • Queen’s funeral: All the latest news and coverage of the royal family

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Rail chaos in Paddington that caused thousands of mourners to miss the Queen’s funeral continued this morning as rush hour commuters were warned they face delays until at least midday.

Network Rail said work to repair damaged electrical 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 6pm. 6.30am on Monday, causing serious disruption for mourners traveling to London and Windsor in Berkshire.

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

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

Network Rail said work to repair damaged electrical wires affecting services at the west London station is ongoing

Network Rail said work to repair damaged electrical wires affecting services at the west London station is ongoing

Network Rail said work to repair damaged electrical wires affecting services at the west London station is ongoing

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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 Inquiries said: ‘No trains are able to run between Heathrow Airport/West Drayton and London Paddington.

‘We expect the disruption to continue until 12.00.

“Passengers are strongly advised to only travel if necessary and to check before travelling.”

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

There was little luck for motorists who had traveled to Windsor to watch the procession and obliging service, with queues of up to two hours reported by those trying to exit car parks in the area.

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

Mourners looking for an easy escape hit what they saw as ‘shocking’ organization in the Review Ground car park, where thousands of people were left struggling to get out yesterday afternoon.

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