A fire near the tracks in Paddington station causes Monday morning rush hour chaos for commuters on Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express
- Passengers faced severe delays and were stuck on trains for up to an hour
- London Fire Brigade firefighters battled blazes between Acton and Paddington
- Travelers fumed online that the delays made them late for work or school
Commuters faced rush-hour chaos today after a fire next to tracks entering central London.
Passengers suffered severe delays and were stuck on trains for up to an hour as firefighters battled the blaze between Acton and Paddington.
Great Western Railway, Heathrow Express and Transport for London rail between Paddington, Reading, Hayes & Harlington, Maidenhead and Heathrow were affected.
Travelers fumed on social media that the delays were making them late for work and their children missing school – before the line reopened at around 8.30am.
It comes almost a week after a huge fire at nearby Acton Town tube station saw the Piccadilly line closed.
Commuters were faced with rush hour chaos today after a fire next to tracks entering central London (pictured)
Passengers suffered severe delays and were stuck on trains for up to an hour as firefighters battled the blaze between Acton and Paddington. Pictured: A GWR train this morning
Services running between Acton Main and London Paddington were halted after the fire was discovered at 6.41am.
Firefighters rushed to the blaze near Canal Way, North Kensington and found some wayside switch equipment and wiring was damaged.
London firefighters reported no injuries and said the flames were under control at 7.40am.
But commuters were furious at the hour-long delays and said it delayed them at work and meant their children would miss classes.
Raakesh Savji Parmar tweeted: ‘Guys @TfL @networkrail what’s going on? I was stuck on a train for 40 minutes due to a power outage. Last week 2 incidents too. Need a moment on the resolution pls.’
Jonny Bailey said: ‘You know it’s a great start to the week when all trains from Paddington are cancelled…’
Julia Carrick said: ‘@GWRHelp why hasn’t the cnm-pad train left gcr yet? People also have work and school on the road.
Katrina posted: “When you wake up at 6am to head to the gym before work, everything is packed up and ready to go… only to find there’s a fire at Paddington Station and there’s there’s no moving train.”
‘I am coming back home ! (With my overnight oats in tow). Another customer said: ‘No idea what caused the fire. The disruption caused my son to miss school.
One man wrote: ‘@TfL hello, will you be posting a useful service update regarding this incident as it also affects TfL rail? Thank you.’
Another said online: ‘@GWRHelp hi he’s been waiting since 6.39am in Paddington. Any update on this fire or when the trains are running? ! No updates from resort staff.
National Rail said: ‘A fire alongside the track between Acton Main Line and London Paddington is causing significant disruption to trains traveling between these stations.
“Trains to/from London Paddington may be cancelled, delayed up to 50 minutes or revised.”
Great Western Railway said: ‘Due to a fire alongside the track between Reading and London Paddington, all lines are closed. Rail services to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruptions are expected until 09:00.
He later added: “Following a fire alongside the track between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5, all lines will be reopened shortly.
“Train services to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruptions are still expected until 09:00.
A London Fire Department spokesman said: ‘We were called at 6.41am to a fire alongside the railway near Canal Way, North Kensington.
“Some ground switch equipment and ground wiring were damaged by fire. No injuries were reported.
“We sent a fire engine from North Kensington station. The fire was brought under control by 7:40 a.m.
Last week, flames and smoke were seen billowing from a building above Acton Town tube station.
About ten fire engines and 70 firefighters rushed to the Bollo Lane fire, next to the station.
Transport for London has also been forced to partially suspend the District and Piccadilly lines which cross the road.