PASSENGERS travelling between Oxford and London faced disruption this afternoon because it's "too hot".

Network Rail put speed restrictions on London Paddington trains due to today's high temperatures.

According to the First Great Western website the restrictions began at 2pm and were set to continue until 6.30pm.

In fact Network Rail lifted the restrictions at 4.30pm.

Trains services through Paddington were delayed, revised and some even cancelled as a result of the disruption.

Network Rail spokesman Chris Denham said the restrictions were in place on the last section of the journey between Kensal and London Paddington, to avoid the track being damaged by rails expanding in the heat.

Customers are advised to check their journey times before travelling.   

Alternatively check the FGW website .

Disruption has also been reported on CrossCountry trains between Oxford and Manchester Piccadilly due to person hit by a train at Tile Hill earlier today.

Tickets are being accepted on National Express West Midlands bus services. All lines are currently blocked.

Trains are being diverted away from the area not stopping at Birmingham International and Coventry.

The incident is also affecting London Midland and Virgin Trains.