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Train chaos in Maidenhead on day of new timetable introduction

George Roberts

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Maidenhead's rail passengers endured a miserable start to the winter timetable after a signalling fault caused delays and cancellations.

At least 10 trains travelling from Maidenhead to London Paddington this morning (Monday) were cancelled between 7.45am and 9am, with other services delayed.

Great Western Railway's (GWR) winter timetable change was introduced today, with Transport for London (TfL) now operating stopping services to and from Paddington before it becomes part of the Elizabeth Line from 2021.

Concerns have been raised over how the new timetable impacts the number of fast train services going from Maidenhead to London.

GWR has stated the signal fault between Maidenhead and Slough is not related to the new timetable, and regular services are not expected to be restored until 10am.

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  • Pursuer

    18:28, 17 December 2019

    So what happened to the wonderful improvements we were promised? For example the 0609 Fast Service to Paddington was 8 or 9 carriages 20% 1st Class, now its 0602 departure only 5 carriages of which 40% are 1st Class. We needed longer platforms for longer trains & got half size trains- more seats- no less. As for the Elizabeth line tube trains no loos needed on board as there will be a train every 15 mins so if in need jump off, use a station loo & get the train just behind. Not much help when you are stuck between stations for an hour or more because of the endless system & equipment failures and the 'jumpers' As for every 15 mins trains well its only every 15 mins during 'peak' times .The much vaunted high speed transport on the Elizabeth tube trains what happened there? They stop everywhere & it takes longer to get to Paddington than on the Gt Western trains did. Further since when has Maidenhead been part of Greater London- TfL now run our trains. So ever been had? Yes we have. Amazing there is so little reaction on this Advertiser site.

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