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TUESDAY: Chaos for commuters as signalling problem outside Earley hits Wokingham-Reading services

Disruption set to continue all day according to Network Rail

COMMUTERS are going to have trouble getting using the trains for the second day in a row.

Yesterday, commuters were affected in the morning by overrunning engineering works and then a signalling issue between Reading and Wokingham.

This morning, South Western Railway has revealed that a reduced service is in operation as a result of a track circuit problem at Earley.

As a result, South Western Railway are running a reduced service – there will only be one train an hour running from Reading to London Waterloo, which will run non-stop between Staines and Waterloo.

Trains running this morning

London Waterloo

  •  06:41 Reading to London Waterloo (will run non stop from Staines to London Waterloo)
  • 07:42 Reading to London Waterloo (will run non stop from Staines to London Waterloo)
  • 08:42 Reading to London Waterloo (will run non stop from Staines to London Waterloo)
  • 09:42 Reading to London Waterloo (will run non stop from Staines to London Waterloo)
  • 10:42 Reading to London Waterloo (will run non stop from Staines to London Waterloo)

From the London Waterloo direction to Reading

  • 05:23 Staines to Reading
  • 06:53 Ascot to Reading
  • 06:50 London Waterloo to Reading
  • 08:07 London Waterloo to Reading
  • 08:50 London Waterloo to Reading

Network Rail are currently on site attempting to fix the fault, but they are warning services will be delayed all day:

As a result, South Western Railway is encouraging commuters to catch the Lion 4/X4 buses between Wokingham and Reading and then travel on GWR services between Reading and Paddington.

Tickets will be valid for these services and on the London Underground between Paddington and Waterloo.

A statement on its website said: “We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey.”

The problem is casued by the signalling system that is in use: it is not currently possible to know if a section of track is in use by another train and therefore pose a danger.

“When there is a failure trains will stop before the affected signal and will have to be verbally directed through the affected area by the signaller. When being talked through the section by the signaller trains will run at a reduced speed.

“The process of trains being verbally directed through affected signals can add an additional 10 minutes per signal to the journey time,” says the South Western Railway website.

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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