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London travel news LIVE: Trespass incident near Waterloo causes disruption for hours

  (PA Wire)

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There are widespread delays around Waterloo station after police handled a trespass incident near the railway.

Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

South Western Railway warned: “Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised because of this problem.”

Meanwhile motorists on the M25 are facing delays of around an hour following a crash.

National Highways warned drivers should expect around eight miles of congestion on the clockwise carriageway at Junction 27, near Epping, where the outside lane is closed due to the collision.

The Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line were part-suspended on Friday afternoon but have now reopened.

Minor delays remain on the Central and Piccadilly lines.

Follow live updates below.

Key Points

  • Trains restart towards Gatwick but severely delayed

  • Major disruption on services to Stansted Airport over signalling fault

  • Delays on M25 after road traffic collision

Major disruption on services to Stansted Airport over signalling fault

Friday 16 February 2024 07:31 , Josh Salisbury

A fault with the signalling system at Stansted Airport means that trains running to and from the airport may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised.

A severely reduced service is running.

National Rail advises that major disruption is expected until 2pm.

Routes affected include Greater Anglia between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, and between Stansted Airport and Norwich, and the Stansted Express between London Liverpool Street and the airport.

Gatwick trains suspended after person hit by train

Friday 16 February 2024 07:37 , Josh Salisbury

Services to Gatwick Airport are disrupted after a person was hit by a train between Three Bridges and Gatwick Airport.

To allow the emergency services to safely carry out their work, all lines are closed. As a result, trains are being cancelled, severely delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

Disruption is expected until 10am, said National Rail.

If you’ve been affected by what happened on the network, there is always someone to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat.

Delays on Jubilee line in north London

Friday 16 February 2024 07:40 , Josh Salisbury

There are severe delays between Wembley Park and Stanmore on the Jubilee line, TfL has said, following a late finish of engineering work.

There are also minor delays between Wembley Park and Stratford.

Metropolitan line suspended in central London

Friday 16 February 2024 07:45 , Josh Salisbury

The Metropolitan line is part-suspended for eight stops between Baker Street and Aldgate because of late finishing of engineering work.

There are severe delays on the rest of the line.

Trains are not stopping at Northwick Park and Preston Road southbound only. Customers are being advised to change at Wembley Park

Minor delays on Piccadilly Line

Friday 16 February 2024 08:24 , Josh Salisbury

There are minor delays on the Piccadilly line between Acton Town and Rayners Lane.

TfL says this is due to train cancellations.

There are also minor delays on the Central line, due to the ongoing shortage of trains.

Train line to Gatwick reopens but disruption expected

Friday 16 February 2024 09:10 , Josh Salisbury

Trains are now able to run again between Three Bridges and Gatwick Airport, but passengers are being warned of a reduced service.

The line had been closed while emergency services responded to reports of a person being hit by a train in the area.

Passengers are still being advised to travel later if they can, and to allow for an extra 60 minutes to complete journeys on the route.

North London Tube station to remain closed until September

Friday 16 February 2024 09:34 , Josh Salisbury

A north London Tube station closed for repairs is to remain shut until September.

Essential work to replace both of Kentish Town Tube station’s 26-year-old escalators started in June, with TfL advising it would take a year.

However, due to “unrelated work” that also needs to be done, the station will likely be closed until September – a year and three months on from when it was last open.

Read more here.

Power cut hits services at Moorgate

Friday 16 February 2024 09:59 , Josh Salisbury

National rail services between Moorgate and Finsbury Park are being disrupted due to an earlier fault on a train.

This is because of a loss of power at Moorgate, which caused the power to trip on several occasions.

Passengers are being told to allow at least an additional 30 minutes to complete their journeys, or take an alternative route.

Tube services are not affected.

Planned Overground strikes next week called off

Friday 16 February 2024 10:31 , Josh Salisbury

Planned strikes next week by London Overground workers have been called off after a pay offer was improved, the RMT union says.

Members of the RMT employed by Arriva Rail London on the Overground had been due to walk out for 48 hours on February 19 and again on March 4 in a dispute over pay.

But the union said that “progress” had been made on the pay offer previously tabled by Arriva, meaning it will not go ahead.

Read the full story here.

Disruption clears at Moorgate

Friday 16 February 2024 11:38 , Josh Salisbury

Disruption has now cleared at Moorgate, with all train lines now reopen.

Jubilee Line returns to normal service

Friday 16 February 2024 12:43 , Josh Salisbury

The Jubilee line has now returned to normal service.

The Underground line was earlier severely delayed due to a points failure and then overrunning electrical works.

Elizabeth line could get new operators

Friday 16 February 2024 13:52 , Josh Salisbury

TfL has said five operators have been shortlisted to run the Elizabeth line.

The line opened in May 2022 and has since seen more than 300 million journeys.

The current contract to run the line is held by MTR until May 2025.

Those shortlisted to operate it after are MTR, who have rebid for the contract, and Arriva UK Trains, First Keolis, GTS Rail Operations, Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd.

Moderate delays on M25 near Chorleywood

Friday 16 February 2024 14:16 , Josh Salisbury

There are delays of up to 50 minutes on the M25 near Rickmansworth after a road traffic collision.

One lane is closed on the route clockwise between J17 and J18.

National Express, which runs coaches, told its customers: “Diversions will take place.

“We apologise for any inconvenience.”

Delays on the M25 clockwise now around an hour long

Friday 16 February 2024 16:55 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Delays on the M25 clockwise at Junction 27 are now around an hour long, with traffic tailing back for eight miles according to National Highways.

Tube suspensions over

Friday 16 February 2024 16:57 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

The earlier suspensions on the Central and Piccadilly lines have now ended.

There are minor delays on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Uxbridge/Heathrow Airport due to train cancellations.

Minor delays also continue on the Central Line due to an ongoing shortage of trains.

No Southeastern trains running between Ashford and Dover

Friday 16 February 2024 18:07 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

No trains are able to run between Ashford and Dover in Kent due to a signalling fault at Folkestone Central.

Southeastern has apologised to customers, adding: “We’ve got engineers on site trying to fix the problem as quickly as possible”.

Rail replacement buses are reportedly en route to affected stations, and are estimated to arrive around 6.15pm.

Major engineering works to disrupt King’s Cross services from tomorrow

Friday 16 February 2024 18:40 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Major engineering work is taking place between Peterborough and London King’s Cross from tomorrow (Saturday 17) until Tuesday 20 February (inclusive).

National Rail says there will be alterations and diversions in place throughout this period.

It warns alternative routes to and from London will be “extremely busy” and says some stations may use queuing systems.

It advises people to allow extra time for journeys.

Waterloo disruption

Friday 16 February 2024 18:53 , Tom Davidson

There are delays around Waterloo station this evening – and they could continue until the end of the day.

Good evening

Friday 16 February 2024 21:17 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Here ends our live blog for today.

Thanks for following along with us. Wishing you all a safe journey this evening.

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