No trains ‘are expected’ to run between Paddington and Reading for the remainder of the day (September 19), according to Network Rail as of 5pm.
‘Significant damage’ to the power cables on the line blocked mourners from witnessing the Queen’s funeral this morning.
The Elizabeth Line is running from Paddington to Ealing Broadway every 30 minutes, and between reading and West Drayton, and East to Abbey Wood and Shenfield.
A spokesperson for Network Rail Western said: “We sincerely apologise for the disruption caused on this national day of mourning.”
Services run by GWR, Heathrow Express and the Elizabeth line are affected.
Mourners travelling to London for the Queen’s funeral resorted to watching proceedings on their mobiles due to railway disruption.
No trains could enter or leave Paddington station, west London, from 6.30am because of damage to overhead electric wires near Hayes and Harlington station.
Bev Palfreman said she was “absolutely gutted” about missing the start of the funeral.
The 61-year-old from Oakhampton, Devon, said: “The Queen has just been there throughout the whole of my life. This was the only thing I wanted to do.”
Gaby Thomas, 29, who travelled from Castle Cary, Somerset, with her father, said: “My dad is a former naval officer and he wanted to see the procession and the military involved.
“It’s just about being there. We were meant to arrive in Paddington at about 8.30am. We are still hoping to catch the end of the procession.
“It’s a typical British thing to happen.”
One passenger said it took them five-and-a-half hours to reach Paddington from Castle Cary, instead of the planned one hour and 40 minutes.
Mourners travelling to the funeral events in Windsor from Paddington were also affected.
GWR haved issued the following alternative routes:
London to Windsor
London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside
West to Windsor
Shuttle service between Reading and Slough, calling at Maidenhead
West to London
Customers to London can change at Reading for SWR services to Waterloo
Engineers from Network rail are on site attempting to fix the problem.