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London Paddington to Reading travel advice

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Continuing rain, on top of already high groundwater levels, means parts of the railway track in the Maidenhead area are now submerged. 

While trains are still able to pass through the area, they can only do so at a considerably reduced speed of 20mph. 

Delays to services into and out of London Paddington are possible.

Please check JourneyCheck for the latest information before you travel.  

Flooding at Maidenhead

An update on how the flooding at Maidenhead affected our services between London Paddington and Reading

First Great Western's Engineering depots and the flooding

An update on the challenges our engineering depots are facing because of the flooding and line problems across the First Great Western network.

Useful information:

Ticket Restrictions:

  • For passengers who delayed their journey because of the flooding ticket restrictions are lifted for the return leg of a journey.
  • Passengers can also travel with unused tickets purchased up to and including Monday 17 February. These tickets are valid until Friday 21 February.


  • Customers who did not travel due to floods and storms will not be charged a £10 refund administration fee and will be eligible for a full refund on their ticket.  Click here to find out how to apply for a refund.

Flooding and storm damage continues to affect services in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.  Click for more info.

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