THOUSANDS of passengers will face rail disruptions as a major train station will be shutting over Christmas.

London Paddington station will be closed from Christmas Eve on December 24 to Friday, December 27.

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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.

A reduced timetable will be in place for the next four days until New Year's Eve.

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Commuters from ReadinG, Twyford and Newbury will be affected as they travel into London.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, 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.

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“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.”