Severn Tunnel electrification work started today with a revised journey pattern to London adding 34 minutes to the journey time. 17 services a day are operating from Cardiff (capacity of 500 per train) . GWR state 'It has been a big logistical effort but we are determined that customers will be disrupted as little as possible'. There has been some confusion about this, with National Express today suggesting that there is “rail chaos” and a recent feature in Wales Online incorrectly stating that rail journey times to London increase by two hours during the electrification work to Severn Tunnel.
Their fear is that language such as “rescue flights and rail chaos” suggests South Wales is somehow closed, or at the very least difficult to get to and from and state 'This is not the case, indeed the rail industry invested millions of pounds ahead of the closure of the tunnel adding a second line to the diversionary route to make sure that the opposite is true'.