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Service is suspended this morning and it seems to be from a problem that occurred last night judging from previous messages
⚠️ Due to damage to the overhead electrical wires there is no Heathrow Express between Paddington and Heathrow. We are working closely with Network Rail to restore services as quickly as possible. Further updates to follow here ^DE
— Heathrow Express (@HeathrowExpress) October 17, 2018
No services in either direction / Inter Terminal services in operation.
No services in either direction due to a problem with the overhead lines.
Please use Piccadilly Line services for travel to and from London and between Heathrow terminals.
An Inter-terminal service between Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 is in operation.
Last updated: 02:37 17 October 201817 Oct 2018
“London travellers face disruption as Heathrow rail line suspended” – http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-railway-disruption/london-travellers-face-disruption-as-heathrow-rail-line-suspended-idUKKCN1MR0QZ17 Oct 2018
One of new Hitachi trains caused the overhead line damage.
It’s the same train type which, while being tested, has caused signalling issues on a section of the ECML. This train is branded Azuma by VTEC/LNER.17 Oct 2018
I suppose they have to test these trains in a realistic environment, but
“…The incident was blamed on one of the new generation of high-speed trains being built by Hitachi as a long-term replacement for trains used on the Great Western routes.
The train, a bi-mode class 802, designed for the Great Western route to Devon and Cornwall, was being tested on the line when it is believed to have caused damage to overhead cables near Ealing, west London.
The test train, which has not yet been delivered to GWR and was not carrying passengers at the time, was being operated between Hitachi’s London and Bristol depots. An investigation is underway as to how it pulled down the overhead cables.”17 Oct 2018
Latest from Heathrow Express:
⚠️ The first Heathrow Express services will be the 1225 from Paddington and the 1242 from Terminal 5. We will be running a 30 minute service for the rest of the day. If you were delayed by more than 15 mins you can claim compensation at this link https://t.co/AomLAo5qJM ^DE
— Heathrow Express (@HeathrowExpress) October 17, 201817 Oct 2018