Travel chaos as train lines and tube face delays on day of Queen’s funeral

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A number of train lines and tubes are already facing severe issues today as the nation prepares for the Queen’s funeral.

The event, which commemorates the passing of the UK’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, will take place today, September 19.

However railway lines are blocked and tube stations packed to the rafters with mourning citizens.

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All railway lines between Slough and Paddington are blocked due to damage to overhead electric wires, a spokesperson for Great Western Railway (GWR) said.

A number of passengers on the 6.25am train from Paddington to Slough were stuck for more than two hours this morning.

This is going to cause significant disruption for those attempting to travel to London for the funeral from Reading or Heathrow Airport

Cancellations and delays of up to 90 minutes have affected mourners.

And, it means there is no service on the Elizabeth line between Paddington and Reading and Heathrow Airport due to the fault.

The Heathrow Express is also cancelled – and many of the London Underground, Overground and National Rail services are expected to be busy throughout the day.

Heathrow Airport announced the line closures on Twitter and thousands of mourners hope to travel to the service.

The airport stated: "Due to an overhead power line failure, there are currently no Heathrow Express or Elizabeth Line services heading to Heathrow.

"Passengers can use their existing TfL tickets on Tube and bus services instead."

It is thought lines will be worst affected in the evening after the conclusion of Her Majesty’s funeral.

Transport for London (TfL) has expanded some of its services this weekend to help mourners, but there are still several closures already in action.

Road closures are also imminent today and tomorrow, September 20.

Central London will see closures to main roads and areas surrounding Buckingham Palace and Westminster as the Queen's funeral takes place.

Though this is unlikely to be a surprise as a number of roads have been closed over the weekend to protect queueing Brits waiting to pay tribute to the Queen at Westminster.

Multiple closures on smaller roads along the A4 route will also be in place.

Train lines between Reading and Newbury are also closed due to a person being hit by a train.

Mourners have been urged to travel from Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside.

Meanwhile, Transport for London has urged travellers to change at Hammersmith and take the Piccadilly Line as an alternative.

Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy warned that trains will be “extremely busy”.

He said: “This is the biggest public transport operation since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we’re working closely with all train operators to run extra trains through the day and into the night.

“To help us provide the best possible experience and avoid lengthy queues at stations we’re asking people not to rush home after the funeral and the processions, but to take their time and experience London on this memorable day.”

It is thought that her Majesty’s funeral is the “biggest public transport operation since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games”.

Additionally, more than 200 Heathrow Airport flights have been cancelled in order to keep the air silent during the funeral.


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