RAIL passengers are facing long waits for trains to London as Paddington is closed for a final day of works.

Queues of frustrated passengers can be seen trailing through Reading Train Station waiting for trains to London Waterloo.

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This is because London Paddington Station has been closed since Christmas Eve for works. It is expected to reopen tomorrow.

Then a reduced timetable is expected to be in place until New Year's Eve.

Network Rail announced the closure as the Crossrail project is heavily delayed, which will eventually deliver a high speed train service from Reading into Central London.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, previously said: “Our passengers want and deserve a more reliable railway and that’s why this Christmas we are out working on track and behind the scenes to help make that happen.

"Significantly fewer people travel over the Christmas holidays, which is why we do so much work at this time of year. But we know some of our passengers will have important plans, so please check before you travel. We have plenty of people in our stations in the run up to and over the break who are on hand to help."