Rush hour chaos as hundreds of Elizabeth Line passengers are stuck on freezing and packed trains in the dark as they wait to be rescued after damage to overhead wires

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  • No trains running between Paddington and London Heathrow with severe delays 
  • Pictures posted on X show people stuck in blacked out carriages
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A power fault tonight has left hundreds of people stranded on the Elizabeth Line with passengers stuck in packed and freezing cold carriages unable to move.

Damage to the overhead wires mean no trains are running between Paddington and London Heathrow with people being rescued from stranded trains.

Pictures posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, show passengers standing on packed trains which have been stuck on the tracks for more than an hour. 

One passenger boarded a train at Acton at 6.41pm which stopped within five minutes and is still waiting to be rescued more than two hours later. 

Another said it was ‘like the Fall of Saigon’ and the Elizabeth Line ‘has failed again just when passengers needed it most’.  

Dr Bamo Nouri is one of those stuck and said the line had ‘almost completely blacked out’.

Dr Nouri wrote on X: ‘#Elizabeth line has almost completely blacked out with a fully loaded set of carriages and many standing. No real or substantial updates, no sense of urgency – been sat for almost an hour!’

Transport for London expects delays to long for the rest of the day. 

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Passengers on board one train on the Elizabeth Line have been stuck for more than two hours waiting to be rescued

Passengers on board one train on the Elizabeth Line have been stuck for more than two hours waiting to be rescued

People stuck on a blacked out train on the Elizabeth Line after a power failure

The only light inside the carriage was coming from their mobile phones

A video showed passengers sitting in a blacked out carriage of the 1837 Paddington service with their faces being lit up by the glow from their mobile phones

One frustrated commuter said: ‘The Elizabeth Line has failed again just when passengers needed it most. At Paddington there were old folk, people with babies with absolutely no way of getting home. 

‘It was like the Fall of Saigon, except in that case some lucky people actually managed to get on the helicopter.’

One eyewitness claimed on X a train ahead had hit some overhead lines, although this is yet to be confirmed by TfL.

While another said a train driver had to shout at passengers trying to get off the train.

A video showed passengers sitting in a blacked out carriage of the 1837 Paddington service with their faces being lit up by the glow from their mobile phones. 

Mickey Worrall, who posted the video, said people were opening up the doors to get onto the line.  

Danny Cowan, a voiceover artist who has appeared on Channel 4 and Netflix, was making his way to his agent’s Christmas party when the train came to sudden halt more than an hour ago.

He wrote on X the heating had gone off and he was so cold he could barely think.

He said: ‘Hey any fear you might get this FREEZING COLD (no heating) Elizabeth Line train moving that’s been stuck outside Acton Town for over an hour now? 

‘The driver has already had to shout at passengers who are trying to get off. Some information would be nice.’

An overhead power failure to to damage wires has left people stranded on packed carriages on the Elizabeth Line tonight

An overhead power failure to to damage wires has left people stranded on packed carriages on the Elizabeth Line tonight

Voiceover artist Danny Cowan, who has appeared on Channel 4 and Netflix, said some passengers were trying to get off the train

Voiceover artist Danny Cowan, who has appeared on Channel 4 and Netflix, said some passengers were trying to get off the train

The darkened carriage on a tube train on the Elizabeth Line where people had been standing for 90 minutes

The darkened carriage on a tube train on the Elizabeth Line where people had been standing for 90 minutes

No trains are currently running on the Elizabeth Line between Paddington and London Heathrow with it being claimed another train hit some overhead wires

No trains are currently running on the Elizabeth Line between Paddington and London Heathrow with it being claimed another train hit some overhead wires

Emma Bentley has been stuck between Paddington and Acton for 90 minutes.

She said: ‘The carriages have now lost power, and it seems we may be walking home…’ 

Another stranded passenger was having his patience tested and wrote: ‘We have no power, so can’t move! I need a pee – mind over matter!’

The disruption is expected to last until the end of the day with current delays of 60 minutes. 

No trains are calling at stations between Paddington and London Heathrow and Reading while the final Heathrow Express has also been cancelled. 

MailOnline has contacted Transport for London for comment. 

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