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London travel news LIVE: Landslip hits Paddington-Reading trains as signal fault sparks


Trains services into London have been thrown into disarray by a landslip and major signalling fault.

A landslip is causing severe disruption to trains services between London Paddington and Reading.

National Rail is reporting an “unstable area of earth” has been discovered between Twyford and Reading, which has meant that two out of the four lines have been closed.

It means trains running between Paddington and Reading could be delayed by up to 60 minutes or cancelled, National Rail says.

Affected services include Great Western Railway services, Elizabeth Line trains and the Heathrow Express. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Meanwhile a “major signalling fault across the whole route between London and the South Coast” has caused chaos for the south-east network, with Gatwick Express services unable to run at all.

Southern and Thameslink trains have also been impacted by the fault, including those that stop at London Victoria, which comes as wet and windy weather hit parts of southern England, where a yellow warning for “persistent rain” and possible flooding was in place on Monday morning.

Follow latest updates below…

What to know about getting around London today:

  • Major disruption to rail services in the South East

  • Minor delays to Bakerloo Line

  • Minor delays to Metropolitan Line

  • Major disruption to Elizabeth Line and Great Western Railway trains via London Paddington

  • Gatwick Express not running this morning

Tube pay deal averts week of strikes

11:05 , Jordan King

Sadiq Khan on Monday hailed a £30 million Tube pay deal that averted a week of strikes and which will give the lowest paid staff an 11 per cent increase.

The deal — which provides a basic five per cent increase plus a lump sum of up to £1,400 — was struck after the Mayor unexpectedly found additional millions to prevent a rolling walkout by 10,000 RMT members in the first week in January.

All 16,500 London Underground staff will now have the pay boost backdated to last April after Unite and the TSSA followed the RMT and Aslef in accepting the offer.

Read more here.

Total London bus miles cut by 22 million in six years

11:04 , Jordan King

The number of miles covered by London buses has been cut by 22 million in six years, new figures show.

Research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that since 2017, the first full year that Sadiq Khan was Mayor of London, the number of miles driven by bus services has reduced from an all-time peak of 304 million to 282 million in 2023.

Read more here.

THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS HAS RAISED FEARS ABOUT DECLINING BUS SERVICES (REUTERS)

THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS HAS RAISED FEARS ABOUT DECLINING BUS SERVICES (REUTERS)

Elizabeth Line no longer delayed

10:52 , Jordan King

The ELizabeth Line has returned to running a good service.

Changes to Bakerloo Line delays

10:51 , Jordan King

The Bakerloo Line is no longer severely delayed, the delays between between Harrow and Wealdstone and Queens Park southbound only are now minor. There is a good service on the rest of the line.

Bakerloo Line severely delayed

10:42 , Jordan King

There are currently severe delays between Harrow and Wealdstone and Queens Park southbound only while TfL fixes a faulty train at Stonebridge Park.

Jubilee Line no longer delayed

10:42 , Jordan King

The Jubilee Line has returned to running a good service.

London Overground no longer suspended

10:22 , Jordan King

The London Overground has returned to running a good service.

This is a change to earlier this morning, when the line was not running any service between Cheshunt and Edmonton Green due to an earlier customer incident at Stoke Newington.

Elizabeth Line delays now minor

10:21 , Jordan King

There are currently minor delays due to a tree on the track at Twyford and a fault with the overhead power supply lines at Stratford.

This is a change to the line’s previous disruption, when there were severe delays between Abbey Wood/Shenfield and Whitechapel.

Change to Elizabeth Line delays

09:28 , Jordan King

There are currently severe delays between Abbey Wood/Shenfield and Whitechapel, with minor delays to the rest of the line.

Minor delays to Metropolitan Line

09:12 , Jordan King

There are minor delays between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate due to an earlier faulty train at Neasden – good service on the rest of the line.

Minor delays to Jubilee Line

09:06 , Jordan King

There are minor delays while TfL fixes a faulty train at Neasden.

Piccadilly Line no longer delayed

09:06 , Jordan King

The Piccadilly Line has returned to running a good service.

London Overground part suspended

09:05 , Jordan King

There is currently no service between Cheshunt and Edmonton Green due to an earlier customer incident at Stoke Newington – good service on the rest of the line.

Disruption between London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale extended

08:46 , Jordan King

Disruption to trains between London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale/Romford is now expected until 10.30am.

Lines have reopened, after damage to the overhead electric wires in the Stratford area (see below), but trains may still be cancelled, revised or delayed by up to 30 minutes whilst service recovers.

The following routes are affected:

  • Elizabeth line between Heathrow Terminals / London Paddington and Shenfield and also between London Liverpool Street and Gidea Park

  • Greater Anglia between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria / Southminster / Witham / Braintree / Colchester Town / Clacton-on-Sea / Ipswich / Norwich and also between Stratford and Meridian Water / Hertford East / Bishops Stortford

If you commute via London Bridge:

08:44 , Jordan King

A points failure between London Bridge and Charlton means all lines are disrupted, meaning Thameslink trains are unable to run on the line towards Dartford.

Services may be cancelled, diverted or delayed.

This disruption is expected until at least 12pm.

Routes affected:

Minor delays to Elizabeth Line

08:23 , Jordan King

There are minor delays between Hayes & Harlington and Reading due to a tree on the track at Twyford – good service on the rest of the line.

Disruption between London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale/Romford

08:00 , Jordan King

Damage to the overhead electric wires between in the Stratford area means some are blocked.

This has left trains between London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale/Romford at risk of being cancelled, revised or delayed by up to 30 minutes.

The following routes are affected:

  • Elizabeth line between Heathrow Terminals / London Paddington and Shenfield and also between London Liverpool Street and Gidea Park

  • Greater Anglia between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria / Southminster / Witham / Braintree / Colchester Town / Clacton-on-Sea / Ipswich / Norwich and also between Stratford and Meridian Water / Hertford East / Bishops Stortford

This disruption is expteced until at least 9am.

If you commute via London Victoria

07:56 , Jordan King

Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express trains have been hit by severe disruption after a “major signalling fault across the whole route between London and the South Coast”.

No Southern services between Littlehampton and London Victoria are running this morning and neither are any Gatwick Express trains.

Meanwhile, Southern services between Eastbourne and London Victoria will call additionally at Three Bridges.

You can check your specific journey here.

Trains in South East facing major disruption after signal failure

07:47 , Jordan King

Rail services are facing severe delays because of a major signalling fault.

The Gatwick Express is not running at all and neither are Southern services between Littlehampton and London Victoria or Thameslink services between Cambridge and Brighton.

The following routes are affected:

Southern:

  • Services between Littlehampton and London Victoria will not run

  • Southern services between Brighton and Chichester are heavily disrupted and reduced to an hourly service. If you are travelling on this route you may wish to travel via Three Bridges and Horsham. Doing so will increase your journey time by around an hour. You can also use your ticket on Brighton & Hove Buses or Stagecoach Buses 700 on this route

  • Services between Eastbourne and London Victoria will call additionally at Three Bridges

Thameslink

  • Services between Cambridge and Brighton will not run. If you are travelling on this route please use alternative Great Northern services between Cambridge and London and alternative Thameslink services between London and Brighton

  • There is a reduced service at Preston Park, Hassocks, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath towards Gatwick Airport. Services through these stations are expected to be extremely busy so please allow an extra 30 minutes to complete your journey.

Delays to Piccadilly Line now minor

07:37 , Jordan King

The delays between Acton Town and Rayners Lane (due to train cancellations) are now minor. There is still a good service on the rest of the line.

Gatwick Express not running this morning

07:28 , Jordan King

The Gatwick Express is disrupted today, after “a number of incidents between East Croydon and Brighton”, including a “major signalling fault across the whole Gatwick Express Network”. Travellers have been advised to use alternative Southern or Thameslink services to get to the airport.

This disruption is estimated to continue until 12pm.

Crash on the M25

07:12 , Jordan King

There are currently long delays on the M25 anti-clockwise before Junction 16 because of a crash, according to traffic monitoring site Inrix.

Good service on Central Line for now

06:59 , Jordan King

TfL is reporting a good service on the Central Line at the moment – we will let you know if this changes because of its chronic shortage of trains.

Severe delays to Piccadilly Line

06:54 , Jordan King

There are severe delays between Acton Town and Rayners Lane due to train cancellations – good service on the rest of the line.

If you commute via London Paddington:

06:52 , Jordan King

Trains running between London Paddington and Reading may be delayed by up to an hour.

This is because of a landslip between Twyford and Reading.

The following routes are affected:

  • Elizabeth line between Abbey Wood / London Paddington and Reading

  • Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Weston-super-Mare / Swansea / Taunton / Reading / Plymouth / Penzance / Oxford / Newbury / Bedwyn / Great Malvern / Didcot Parkway

This “major disruption” is expected to last until the end of the day.

You can check your specific journey here.

If you face delays, you may be entitled to compensation – you can check here.

Good morning!

06:44 , Jordan King

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