Commuters between Reading and Gatwick Airport are facing travel disruptions until 17:30 today due to an increased number of trains requiring repairs simultaneously on this route. The Great Western Railway service has been impacted, leading to cancellations and reduced train frequencies.
The unexpected maintenance issues have resulted in a shortage of available trains, prompting officials to announce that the disrupted service is anticipated to persist until 17:30.
Passengers are encouraged to use their tickets on alternative services at no extra cost. The following routes are available for affected customers:
- Elizabeth line between London Paddington and Farringdon
- Southern/Thameslink services between Redhill and Gatwick Airport
- Thameslink between Farringdon and Gatwick Airport
Prior to embarking on their journeys, passengers are urged to check for updates using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.
For those experiencing delays, compensation may be applicable. Travellers are advised to retain their train tickets and document their journey details, as both will be necessary when filing any claims.
The railway authorities regret any inconvenience caused and are working diligently to restore regular services on the affected route.