Friday 21 Apr 2017
Passengers advised to check before they travel ahead of London Marathon
Passengers heading to the London Marathon or into the capital on Sunday are advised to check before they travel as Network Rail carries out vital testing work on the Great Western mainline.
Anyone travelling between Reading and London Paddington should plan to start their journey after 8am where possible as buses will replace trains before this time.
Sunday’s works will see Network Rail carry out key testing on a 12 mile section of track west of London between Stockley Bridge Junction and Maidenhead with the line reopening at 8am. This section has recently had the Overhead Line Equipment installed for electrification and a second stage of testing will take place this weekend.
Travelling to the London Marathon?
Buses getting Marathon goers into London Paddington by 08:00 depart:
- Reading at 6.20am and 6.50am
- Slough at 6.40am and 7.10am
- Maidenhead at 6.30am and 7am
Travelling between Reading and London Paddington?
- A bus replacement service will operate between Reading and London Paddington
- Trains will continue to run between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington
Where possible customers are advised to travel after 8am or check before they travel and use the alternative routes provided. Passengers with tickets for Sunday morning will be able to travel on any GWR service on Sunday afternoon or evening.
Matthew Steele, Crossrail programme Director for Network Rail, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for their ongoing patience whilst we continue with this essential weekend testing.”
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.