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Paddington station

Rail network ready to welcome big crowds

  • Thousands of railway staff and hundreds of extra services stand ready to welcome huge numbers over the weekend and on Monday as the nation continues to gather to pay its last respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • All Network Rail managed stations in London – including King’s Cross, London Victoria, London Waterloo, London Liverpool Street, Charing Cross and Euston – will be open 24 hours a day to provide shelter so people can safely wait for their trains to get home. 
  • A small number of trains will also run from some of these stations through the late evening and into the night to enable mourners to safely return home.
Rail Delivery Group

Rail industry urges the public to plan journeys during period of mourning for Her Majesty the Queen

  • Rail industry warns that services and stations are likely to be extremely busy over next nine days
  • Some changes to ticketing arrangements related to commemorations of the death of Her Majesty the Queen
Paddington station

Passengers reminded to plan journeys in advance and only travel by train if absolutely necessary on 18 and 20 August

  • Coordinated industry contingency plan will see around 20% of services running and some parts of the country with no rail services
  • Special timetables for 18 and 20 August have now been published on National Rail Enquiries, with trains starting later and finishing much earlier than usual, between 7.30am and 6.30pm

Passengers are asked to plan ahead, check before they travel, to expect disruption and to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary