Signalling problems cause train delays through Bath
Trains through Bath have been delayed by up to 50 minutes or even cancelled today because of signalling problems.
First Great Western said both lines between Bath Spa and Chippenham stations were blocked by the problem.
The 30 minutes past the hour service from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington was not calling at Bath Spa or Chippenham stations.
First Great Western said the service on the hour running from Paddington to Bristol would also not call at Chippenham or Bath Spa.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Frustrated passengers faced huge disruption to their journeys.
Carer Charlotte Smith was forced to take a taxi to make sure she made a job interview.
Charlotte, 24, from Walcot Street in Bath said: "There’s loads of delays. I went from Bristol Parkway to Temple Meads, missed the crossover there so I missed my connection. I have a job interview, so now I have to get a taxi to Radstock. It’s going to cost quadruple as much."
Alan Ayres, 26, Cocktail Bar Owner, Milton Keynes said: "Every time I come to Bath I have this problem. I’m supposed to be going to Milton Keynes now, but my train has been cancelled and they’re sure if they’ve got buses on yet. This is the third or fourth time this has happened. I’m going to miss work today, probably."
Teacher Gill Pittock, 50, from Newbury was on her way to a funeral. She said: "There were signalling problems. We’re about half an hour late; we should have got in at 9.30am. We’re going to a funeral today."
And Maria Antonia, 23, from Grittleton, an English student at Bath College, said: "I went to take the 9.45am, but it was cancelled so I had to take the one before, the 9.20am, and it was more expensive. In the end I arrived at the same time, so it took longer. Delay and more delay."
The on the hour service from Bristol Temple Meads and the 30 minutes past the hour service from London Paddington was running but with delays between Bath and Chippenham.
First Great Western said: "Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 50 minutes or diverted at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed."
Buses were replacing trains between Bath Spa Station and Swindon.
Earlier today the 7.59 First Great Western service from Temple Meads was cancelled as was the 8.31 service from Bristol.
The signalling problems also forced the cancellation of the 8.28 from Gloucester and the 9.11 and 10.00 from Bristol Temple Meads.
Other services cancelled were the 10.24, 12.24, 13.11, 13.41, 14.41 and 15.41 from Bristol Temple Meads and First Great Western also cancelled the 12.24, 13.24, 14.24 and 15.24 services heading for Bristol.
Another service which did not run was the 11.24 to Paignton.
For the latest information, check www.nationalrail.co.uk, call National Rail Enquiries on 0845 7 484950 or follow the Twitter account @FGW.