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Summary

  1. Live updates on 25 October 2016
  2. A person was hit by train at Twyford station, at about 15:45 BST
  3. There were delays of at least 90 minutes between Reading and Paddington
  4. Reading were playing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium
  5. Rail services have returned to normal

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

People running to catch trains at Paddington

Disruptions expected for 24 hours

Some lines have now reopened, but Great Western Railway said there are delays of up to 70 minutes, and disruptions could continue until 20:00 tomorrow.

Delays of 90 minutes continue as lines reopen

Delays of 90 minutes are expected as all lines reopen to London Paddington. Earlier today Great Western Railway services were suspended in Berkshire after a person was hit by a train in Twyford. 

Reading station delays
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Although lines have reopened, trains will not stop at Burnham, Taplow, Maidenhead and Twyford. There will also be no service between Twyford and Henley-on-Thames. 

Reading fans stranded before match at Emirates Stadium

No news is good news?

Departure boards at London Paddington have been left blank due to cancellations on services running through Berkshire. 

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Scores of people waiting as train delays cause commuter chaos at Paddington

Delays remain

National Rail has just repeated the information that delays of up to 90 minutes are expected.

Earlier, disruption was expected to last until 18:30.

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Massive delays on trains at London Paddington

Although three of four lines have reopened there are still significant delays across the GWR network. But some can see the funny side. 

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'Berkshire train users should consider Marylebone service'

Great Western Railway (GWR) is advising customers to seek alternative modes of transport after services in Berkshire have been incapacitated. 

Speaking on BBC Radio Berkshire, GWR spokesman Dan Panes said people closer to Oxfordshire should consider taking Crosscountry services to London Marylebone. GWR tickets will be valid on these services. 

Coach service to help passengers

London bus routes accepting rail tickets

 Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.  

  • London Buses route 105: Greenford (Station) - Southall (Station) - Heathrow (Central Bus Station),
  • London Buses route 140: Hayes & Harlington - Heathrow (Central Bus Station),
  • London Buses route 195: Hayes & Harlington (Station) - Southall (Station) - Hanwell (Broadway), 
  • London Buses route 207: Acton (Central Station) - Ealing Broadway - West Ealing - Hanwell - Southall - Hayes, 
  • London Buses route E1: Ealing Broadway (Stop D) - Drayton Green (Stop DH), 
  • London Buses route E11: Ealing Broadway (Stop K) - West Ealing - Drayton Green - Castle Bar Park
  • London Buses route U5: Hayes & Harlington (Stop L) - West Drayton (Station) - Uxbridge 

It comes after bus services in Berkshire also began accepting rail tickets.

Waterloo services impacted by Twyford incident

GWR statement

A statement on the GWR website reads:

Due to a person being hit by a train between Reading and Slough all lines are blocked. "Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 18:30 25/10.

Emergency services finish their efforts

Twyford remains closed

Two of the four lines have reopened, but Twyford station remains shut.

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Long queues at Reading

Disruption to last until 18:30

National Rail expect the railways to be disrupted until 18.:30 BST.

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Queues 'snaking around Reading station' as trains delayed until 18:30

Queues of commuters and football fans are "snaking around Reading station" as rail delays continue. BBC Radio Berkshire's Nick Johnson is on the scene. 

Train tickets accepted on buses

According to GWR, these bus services are accepting tickets for their services:

  • First Bus route 2: Slough (Bus Station Bay 8) - Windsor (Theatre Royal), 
  • First Bus route 13: Slough (Bus Station Bay 12) Burnham (Station),
  • First Bus route 4: Maidenhead (Town Centre Stop S2) - Taplow (Bath Rd) - Burnham (Everitts Corner) - Slough (Bus Station Bay 4), 
  • First Bus route 7: Slough (Bus Station Stop G) - Langley (Harrow Market) - Heathrow (T5) - Heathrow (Central Bus Station), 
  • First Bus route X74: Slough (Bus Station) - High Wycombe (Bus Station) 
  • First Bus route 8: Slough (Bus Station Bay 8) - Windsor (Theatre Royal) - Egham (Church Road)

They also say that: "During this disruption if you wish to use local buses as an alternative means of transport and the local bus is not accepting Great Western Railway tickets please purchase a ticket for the bus journey, keep the bus ticket and send it, together with your rail ticket, to us for a refund of the bus fare."

Young Arsenal fans delayed at Reading Station

Suspended trains affecting trains in Oxfordshire

BreakingPolice investigating death of 'person struck by a train'

British Transport Police have confirmed that a person was hit by a train at Twyford station, at about 15:45 BST.

Ambulances also attended the scene, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene, police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

A spokesperson added: "We are now working to identify the person and inform their family." 

Football fans warned about delays

The railway incident will also impact Reading FC fans, who are heading to the Emirates Stadium tonight to take on Arsenal in the EFL Cup.  

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GWR say Chiltern Railways, Cross Country, South West Trains and London Underground are conveying passengers via any "reasonable route" until further notice. 

Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

Emergency services are on the scene

BreakingPerson hit by train near Reading

There are long delays on the railways this evening after a person was hit by a train near Reading.