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Paddington Station to close due to 'severe weather'

Planned rail speed restrictions will not go ahead

Train operator GWR has announced Paddington Station will close today.

In a message posted on the firm’s Twitter feed, it said the major London rail and underground station will shut due to ‘severe weather conditions’.

High speed services will start and terminate at Reading.

More to follow.

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  • JoeSoap

    11:11, 01 March 2018

    It defies belief, when did Britain lose it's backbone ? - check "YouTube Big Freeze 1963"

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  • robthebrew

    10:10, 01 March 2018

    in this case the "severe weather" is slippy platforms. Ridiculous!

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    • paulshrimpton

      11:11, 01 March 2018

      Actually, it's frozen points. People cope with cold weather better than big chunks of metal, and unless they can be certain that throwing a switch will bring a train full of passengers onto an empty platform and not straight into another train, closing the station is the only sensible option whilst it's resolved.

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      • JoeSoap

        15:03, 01 March 2018

        You've obviously got some good knowledge of the rail industry, kindly direct me towards points manufacturers in Sweden, Russia & Canada as it would appear they are missing out on sales to Network Fail

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        • paulshrimpton

          17:05, 01 March 2018

          No - just read the official press release from GWR. As anyone could do instead of jumping to conclusions like 'slippy platforms' or the like.

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        • JoeSoap

          18:06, 01 March 2018

          ITV News , Daily Express et al. went for slippery platforms explanation which they no doubt took from the horses mouth ie GWR Twitter statement this morning. http://www.itv.com/news/london/update/2018-03-01/paddington-station-closed-due-to-slippery-platforms/

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        • be_ transparent

          17:05, 01 March 2018

          To be fair this is on the GWR website 'London Paddington station - reopened London Paddington station has reopened after snow drifting through the station onto the platforms causing slippery conditions. Some platforms have reopened with rubber matting walking routes and this will allow us to run a very limited train service between London Paddington and Reading.' The BBC also carries a similar story :- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43239972

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      • be_ transparent

        14:02, 01 March 2018

        Some of us don't find it acceptable that parts of national infrastructure fail at the slightest hint of snow,wind or rain as if weather has never happened to the UK before. Network Rail made a £483 Million profit before tax last year - do you think we are so daft we haven't heard of heaters for those frozen points, or dual cabling and resiliency for those oh so frequently broken signals ? https://www.mcnicholas.co.uk/node/118

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        • paulshrimpton

          17:05, 01 March 2018

          It's still a pretty rare occurence to have weather that cold. It's the same reason we don't have fleets of snow plows sat idle all year round (and often for many years at a stretch) - we simply don't need them that often, unlike other countries who do, and where the investment in that kind of stuff is necessary. That's why we don't have electrical heating systems on every points junction on the rail network - because it would cost billions and sit idle for 99.9999% of the time

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        • be_ transparent

          17:05, 01 March 2018

          It won't cost billions to heat the points between Slough and Paddington, one of the busiest railway routes in the country. I notice you didn't comment on the signalling either. Give us the service before NR make obscene profits on a monopoly - and if you haven't noticed the weather is changing a lot these days and keeping critical infrastructure going is never a waste of time.

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        • be_ transparent

          16:04, 01 March 2018

          Here are a few things I googled :- https://www.servelectechnologies.com/media/3115/railway-heating-systemsprint.pdf https://www.networkrail.co.uk/feeds/keeping-trains-moving-snow-ice/ https://stories.sbb.ch/en/2014/12/16/winter-service/

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