Trains from Maidenhead to London Paddington canceled after fire cuts next to track
Suburban chaos as trains between Maidenhead and London Paddington are canceled after a fire broke out through the tracks – while Elizabeth Line is also partly suspended
- GWR said a ‘fire next to the track at Maidenhead’ had blocked all lines
- Passengers rushed to find alternative routes after cancellations
Commuters faced chaos this morning after trains from Maidenhead to London Paddington were canceled when a fire broke out ‘beside the track’, while the Elizabeth line was also partly suspended.
Passengers have had to scramble to find alternative routes after the series of cancellations and delays during the morning rush hour.
In a photograph taken by a commuter, black smoke could be seen rising into the sky as flames rose near the train tracks.
Great Western Railway (GWR) told passengers just after 7.30am on Wednesday: ‘Due to a trackside fire at Maidenhead, all lines are blocked.
“Train services through this station will be canceled or delayed.”
In a photograph taken by a commuter, black smoke could be seen rising into the sky as flames rose near the train tracks
GWR announced trip abort just after 7:30 a.m.
Disruptions are expected to continue until at least 8:45 a.m.
It is understood that the Maidenhead fire will have a ripple effect on the network as the power supply has to be cut while the fire is put out.
South Western Railway, CrossCountry, London Underground and Chiltern Railways are carrying passengers on reasonable routes until further notice.
The Elizabeth line was also partly suspended between Paddington and Reading and Heathrow terminals and there were serious delays on other parts of the line.
GWR and TfL have been contacted for comment.
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