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London travel news LIVE: Major engineering works affecting King's Cross amid Tube delays

Major engineering works are also affecting rail services to and from King's Cross are entering their fourth and final day on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, minor delays continue to hit the Central Line amid an ongoing shortage of trains.

The Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Victoria and Bakerloo Lines are also facing disruption and the Tram is partially closed.

Follow live updates below.

What you need to know for your commute home this afternoon:

  • Minor delays to Hammersmith and City Line

  • Minor delays to Central Line

  • Minor delays to Piccadilly Line

  • Minor delays to Victoria Line

Good morning

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:04 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Good morning, and welcome to the Standard’s travel live blog.

We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates throughout the day, on the issues affecting roads and public transport in and around London.

Traffic queuing for miles on M25 and M26 after crash near Sevenoaks

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:09 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A crash on the M25 clockwise near Sevenoaks is causing major issues this morning.

Two lanes are shut on the London Orbital between junctions 5 and 6, and traffic cameras show traffic queuing for around four miles on both the M25 clockwise and the M26, where it joins the motorway.

Traffic queuing on the M25 clockwise around 7am (Kent County Council/Highways England)
Traffic queuing on the M25 clockwise around 7am (Kent County Council/Highways England)

Lanes open on M25 but traffic building

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:13 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

All lanes have now reopened on the M25 near Sevenoaks following the earlier crash, according to traffic monitoring system Inrix.

But there are still extremely long queues of traffic on both the M25 and M26.

On the M25, cameras show traffic backing up for nearly eight miles, to near where the orbital joins the M20. Inrix says queues on the M26 are around five miles.

Crash on M25 near Uxbridge also causing delays

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:26 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A separate crash on the M25 clockwise near Uxbridge is also causing delays this morning.

The crash happened near Denham Interchange (junction 16), where the M25 joins the M40.

There is heavy traffic queuing anticlockwise from J17 A412 Denham Way (Maple Cross) to J16 M40.

There are also long queues clockwise from J15 M4 to J16 M40.

Another crash causing delays on M25 near Brentwood

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:44 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A crash on the M25 near Brentwood is also causing delays this morning.

This is on top of two other M25 crashes which are causing delays near Sevenoaks and Uxbridge, respectively.

The Brentwood crash has left traffic queuing anticlockwise from J29 A127 (Romford/Basildon) to J28 A12 (Brentwood/Brook Street Roundabout).

M20 shut in both directions due to police incident

Tuesday 20 February 2024 07:52 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

The M20 in Kent is closed in both directions between J2 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit) and J3 (M26 Interchange) due to a police incident.

National Highways warns on X the motorway “is likely to be closed for some time”.

The closure is leaving traffic queuing in both directions on the approach.

It is compounding issues for those travelling between London and Kent this morning, who are also facing heavy traffic on the M25 and M26 due to an earlier crash.

Traffic subsides on M25 near Sevenoaks

Tuesday 20 February 2024 08:05 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

The M20 may be shut both ways, but there is some good news for motorists in Kent.

Heavy traffic that was queuing along the M25 and M26 following a crash on the London Orbital near Sevenoaks appears to have cleared and traffic now seems to be flowing normally.

M20 reopens but traffic continues to queue

Tuesday 20 February 2024 08:25 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

The M20 has been reopened by police, but heavy traffic continues to queue in both directions.

Kent Police says it was called to the scene around 6.30am, to “concerns for the welfare of a person near the M20 between junctions 2 and 3”.

Both carriageways were closed while they responded to the incident.

“The person is now being passed into the care of health professionals,” said police.

Trains through Shadwell delayed due to ill passenger

Tuesday 20 February 2024 08:58 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

National Rail has warned trains through Shadwell are currently delayed by up to 15 minutes, after a passenger fell ill on a train.

Severe delays hit Overground

Tuesday 20 February 2024 09:53 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

London Overground services between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate are experiencing severe delays due to a “customer incident” at Shadwell, says TfL.

Good service returns to Overground

Tuesday 20 February 2024 10:19 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A good service has resumed on the London Overground, TfL has confirmed, following earlier severe delays due to a customer incident at Shadwell.

Work to install step-free access at Northolt Tube station set to begin at last next year

Tuesday 20 February 2024 11:58 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Work is to resume at Northolt Tube station on the western end of the Central line to make it step-free, TfL has confirmed.

Work had previously been due to start at the station, but had to be paused when the Covid pandemic hit.

Construction is now scheduled to start at Northolt station early next year.

TfL said it also plans to start design work on making North Acton on the Central Line and West Hampstead on the Jubilee Line step-free, while also addressing capacity constraints.

The news comes after TfL confirmed in summer it had earmarked 10 Underground stations for potential step-free access.

As well as Northolt, North Acton and West Hampstead, the stations earmarked were: Alperton, Arnos Grove, Burnt Oak, Eastcote, Finchley Road, Rayners Lane, and White City.

Disruption between Charlton and Woolwich Arsenal at lunchtime

Tuesday 20 February 2024 12:30 , Jacob Phillips

A fault with the signalling system between Charlton and Woolwich Arsenal means train services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised.

National Rail said disruption is expected until 1.30pm.

Overground suspended due to obstruction on overhead wires

Tuesday 20 February 2024 13:42 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

There is no London Overground service between Gospel Oak and Upper Holloway due to an obstruction on the overhead electric wires in the Upper Holloway area, TfL says.

National Rail says the disruption is expected until around 3pm.

Severe delays on Elizabeth Line

Tuesday 20 February 2024 15:11 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Severe delays have hit the Elizabeth Line between Hayes & Harlington and Reading.

TfL says the delays are due to an earlier points failure in the Slough area.

Minor delays to the Metropolitan Line

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:10 , Jordan King

There are minor delays between Moor Park and Amersham due to train cancellations.

After the 3:20pm departure from Amersham, the next southbound train will be at 4:22pm.

There is a good service on the rest of the line.

Minor delays to Hammersmith and City Line

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:11 , Jordan King

There are minor delays due to train cancellations.

London Overground no longer delayed

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:16 , Jordan King

The London Overground has returned to running a good service.

Minor delays to Central Line

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:18 , Jordan King

There are minor delays to the Central Line because of a shortage of trains again.

No LNER service between Peterborough and London Kings Cross today

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:30 , Jordan King

Major engineering work is taking place between Peterborough and London Kings Cross today.

An amended train service will run between:

  • Scotland and Peterborough (2 trains per hour)

  • Leeds and Peterborough (1 train per hour)

Other services will be amended to start/ terminate at Grantham.

Replacement buses will run between Peterborough and Bedford, connecting with East Midlands Railway/Thameslink services to/from London St Pancras International.

Routes affected:

LNER between Inverness / Aberdeen / Glasgow Central / Edinburgh / Newcastle / York / Skipton / Bradford Forster Square / Harrogate / Leeds / Lincoln and London Kings Cross

Metropolitan Line no longer delayed

Tuesday 20 February 2024 16:36 , Jordan King

The Metropolitan Line has returned to good service.

Elizabeth Line no longer delayed

Tuesday 20 February 2024 17:02 , Jordan King

The Elizabeth Line is now running a good service again.

Minor delays to Piccadilly Line

Tuesday 20 February 2024 17:10 , Jordan King

There are minor delays between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals due to train cancellations - good service on the rest of the line.

Minor delays to Victoria Line

Tuesday 20 February 2024 17:27 , Jordan King

This is because of an earlier customer incident.

Delays between London St Pancras International and London Blackfriars

Tuesday 20 February 2024 18:50 , Jordan King

There is disruption to Thameslink trains between London St Pancras International and London Blackfriars following a fault on a train at Farringdon.

Routes affected:

Between Bedford and Brighton / Gatwick Airport / Three Bridges, and also between Kentish Town and Rainham, and also between St Albans City and Sutton

Severe delays to Bakerloo Line

Tuesday 20 February 2024 18:56 , Jordan King

Severe delays due to an earlier customer incident at Edgware Road.

Trains can now run between London St Pancras International and London Blackfriars

Tuesday 20 February 2024 19:57 , Jordan King

Thameslink trains between these stations were delayed between London St Pancras International and London Blackfriars because of an earlier fault on a train at Farringdon.

The lines are now cleared but there may still be some fallout disruption.

Bakerloo Line no longer delayed

Tuesday 20 February 2024 21:34 , Jordan King

The Bakerloo Line has not returned to a good service.

Good night

Tuesday 20 February 2024 21:36 , Jordan King

That concludes The Standard’s London travel blog, check back in with us tomorrow!