Mourners face journey chaos as London trains grind to a halt

Mourners face journey chaos as London trains grind to a halt

Mourners who travelled to London for the Queen’s funeral face extra journey chaos as trains from a significant station continues to be disrupted.

No trains have been capable of enter or go away Paddington station, west London, since 6.30am on Monday due to harm to overhead electrical wires close to Hayes and Harlington station.

Companies run by GWR, Heathrow Specific and the Elizabeth line have been disrupted all day.

Mourners travelling into the capital within the morning resorted to watching funeral proceedings on their mobiles as they had been caught on trains and platforms.

Many affected passengers deliberate to be in London for the beginning of the day’s occasions however had been delayed for a number of hours.

The sound of the choir at Westminster Abbey echoed via the carriages of delayed trains as mourners watched the service on their smartphones.

Bev Palfreman mentioned she was “completely gutted” to overlook the beginning of the funeral.

The 61-year-old from Oakhampton, Devon, mentioned: “The Queen has simply been there all through the entire of my life. This was the one factor I needed to do.”

Gaby Thomas, 29, who travelled from Citadel Cary, Somerset, along with her father, mentioned: “My dad is a former naval officer and he needed to see the procession and the army concerned.

It’s a typical British factor to occur

“It’s nearly being there. We had been meant to reach in Paddington at about 8.30am. We’re nonetheless hoping to catch the top of the procession.

“It’s a typical British factor to occur.”

Passengers on a GWR prepare had been advised by a member of employees utilizing the general public handle system: “My sincerest apologies for the delays on such an essential day for the nation.”

A prepare that left Paddington at 6.25am was caught exterior the station for greater than two and a half hours with passengers on board.

Individuals who deliberate to journey to and from Paddington have been suggested to journey by way of Waterloo and Studying as an alternative.

One passenger mentioned it took them 5 and a half hours to succeed in Paddington from Citadel Cary, as an alternative of the scheduled one hour and 40 minutes.

Mourners travelling to funeral occasions in Windsor from Paddington had been additionally affected.

A Community Rail spokesman mentioned: “We’re very sorry for the disruption which we count on to proceed all through the day.

“We’re working laborious to get providers working as quickly as doable and passengers are strongly suggested to verify earlier than they journey.

“We are going to proceed to replace passengers because the scenario develops.”

Community Rail mentioned there have been no issues affecting London’s different main stations.

Passenger numbers had been round 50% down in contrast with the identical day final week as a result of lack of commuters.

Monday noticed one of many UK’s largest transport operations as mourners descended on London and Windsor.

Round 250 further prepare providers had been deliberate.

They included a 3am departure from Penzance, Cornwall, for Paddington, which left with no passengers, in keeping with information web site CornwallLive.

The service solely ran so far as Studying as a result of broken wires.

Passengers in London had been urged to delay journeys dwelling as a result of fears of overcrowding if too many individuals tried to journey instantly after the funeral procession leaves Westminster.

Nationwide Highways lifted roadworks and suspended deliberate motorway closures throughout England.

However many native roads had been closed in central London, resulting in bus diversions and no coach providers to or from Victoria.

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