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London travel news: Chaos on Tube as Circle Line suspended and other closures after 'casualty on track'

The Circle Line has been suspended and the Metropolitan Line and Hammersmith and City Line part suspended after a casualty on the tracks, TfL has said.

A seven-vehicle collision on the M25 in Surrey was causing delays of at least one hour on Tuesday afternoon but traffic has since been cleared and all four lanes are now open.

Certain routes coming in and out of London Waterloo are facing delays until the end of the day - because of an incident which required emergency services.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of train passengers are suffering severe disruption on routes which include trains going to and from London Euston.

This is because a landslip between Rugby and Coventry on Tuesday morning has thrown several services into chaos.

Underground commuters are facing delays again on the Central Line due to a shortage of trains and holidaymakers are still facing disruption with the Piccadilly Line closed between Acton Town and the airport.

Follow latest updates below...

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

  • If you commute via London Waterloo

  • If you get a Greater Anglia train through Ipswich

  • Minor delays to the Central Line

  • London Overground part suspended

  • Northern Line severely delayed

Severe delays to the Central Line

Tuesday 13 February 2024 06:56 , Matt Watts

Transport for London has warned of severe delays on the Central line between White City and West Ruislip due to a shortage of trains. It says there are minor delays on the rest of the line.

Part closure to the Piccadilly Line again

Tuesday 13 February 2024 07:19 , Jordan King

There is no service between Acton Town and Heathrow, with replacement buses operating instead.

During the day, you can use the Elizabeth line or Heathrow Express connections between Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminals 4/5.

Part closure to the Tram again

Tuesday 13 February 2024 07:21 , Jordan King

There is no service between Reeves Corner and Sandilands, with replacement buses running instead.

Congestion on the M25

Tuesday 13 February 2024 07:23 , Jordan King

Traffic is backing up clockwise between J5 (Sevenoaks) and J6 (Godstone / Caterham).

It is expected to go back to normal between 7.30am and 7:45am.

Stay with us and we’ll let you know when it clears up.

No trains via Lewisham after certain time tonight

Tuesday 13 February 2024 07:29 , Jordan King

Engineering works mean there are no Avanti West Coast or London Northwestern Railway services after 11.15pm

This will be the case until Thursday.

If you're going to Cambridge tonight:

Tuesday 13 February 2024 07:31 , Jordan King

The 11.28pm London Liverpool Street to Cambridge service will be replaced by a bus service between Bishops Stortford and Cambridge because of engineering works.

M25: Two of four lanes closed

Tuesday 13 February 2024 08:00 , Jordan King

Normal traffic conditions are only expected between 8:30am and 8:45am now - about an hour later than was previously predicted.

Delays to Central Line now minor

Tuesday 13 February 2024 08:06 , Jordan King

The Central Line is delayed due to a shortage of trains again.

Minor delays to the Circle Line

Tuesday 13 February 2024 08:40 , Jordan King

There are minor delays to clockwise due to due to an earlier faulty train at Embankment - good service on the rest of the line.

Minor delays to the District Line

Tuesday 13 February 2024 08:41 , Jordan King

There are minor delays between Tower Hill and Wimbledon/Ealing Broadway/ Richmond westbound only due to an earlier faulty train at Embankmentn - good service on the rest of the line.

M25: At least an extra hour until normal traffic conditions

Tuesday 13 February 2024 08:54 , Jordan King

Two out of four lanes are still closed, with normal traffic conditions now expected between 9:45am and 10am - an hour and 15 minutes more than previously predicted.

Circle Line back to good service

Tuesday 13 February 2024 09:05 , Jordan King

The Circle Line is no longer delayed.

Landslip causing rail chaos

Tuesday 13 February 2024 09:27 , Jordan King

A landslip between Rugby and Coventry has caused severe disruption to several train lines.

It has blocked a section of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Birmingham New Street.

This has affected Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern Railway services.

About the landslip:

Tuesday 13 February 2024 09:30 , Jordan King

The landslip happened on Sunday, prompting Network Rail to close the line in both directions on Monday night and carry out repair work.

The line is not expected to reopen until later today.

If you are travelling between travelling between Birmingham New Street and London Euston:

Tuesday 13 February 2024 09:32 , Jordan King

Network Rail has advised its customers to check their journeys before travelling and consider using alternative routes where possible.

You can look into your specific journey here.

M25: Another hour until normal traffic conditions

Tuesday 13 February 2024 09:37 , Jordan King

Normal traffic conditions are only expected between 11am and 11.15am. Two out of four lanes are still closed.

District Line back to good service

Tuesday 13 February 2024 10:09 , Jordan King

The District Line is no longer delayed.

Minor delays to Hammersmith and City Line

Tuesday 13 February 2024 10:10 , Jordan King

There are minor delays because of train cancellations.

South Western Railway services from London Waterloo to Woking suspended

Tuesday 13 February 2024 10:23 , Jordan King

Emergency services are dealing with an incident between Surbiton and Woking.

The disruption is set to continue until further notice.

Your train ticket will be accepted on the following alternative “reasonable” routes:

  • London Underground

  • TfL Buses

  • GWR between London Paddington and Basingstoke via Reading

Your South Western Railway ticket to Woking will work on the following bus routes:

Tuesday 13 February 2024 10:25 , Jordan King

  • Falcon Buses 436 between Woking - West Byfleet - Byfleet & New Haw - Weybridge

  • Falcon Buses 437 between Woking - West Byfleet - Byfleet & New Haw

  • Falcon Buses 461 between Chertsey - Addlestone - Weybridge - Walton-on-Thames - Hampton Court - Kingston

  • Falcon Buses 514 and 515 between Kingston - Surbiton - Thames Ditton - Esher - Hersham - Walton-on-Thames - Weybridge

  • Falcon Buses 564 between Hersham and Walton On Thames

  • Falcon Buses 400 between Walton on Thames - Shepperton - Ashford - Staines

  • Falcon Buses 715 between Guildford - Cobham - Esher - Hinchley Wood - Thames Ditton - Surbiton - Kingston

  • White Bus Services 458 between Staines - Shepperton - Walton-on-Thames - Hersham - Esher - Hinchley Wood - Thames Ditton - Surbiton – Kingston

  • Stagecoach South 34/35 between Guildford and Woking

  • First Berkshire RailAir2 between Guildford and Woking

Best train station for London commuters revealed

Tuesday 13 February 2024 11:01 , Jordan King

Chelmsford has been named the best train station for London commuters, while the Elizabeth line has helped Shenfield to claim third place.

Passengers using Reading, at the other end of the Elizabeth line, had to endure a “dire performance”, with almost 20 per cent of trains - including those operated by GWR - arriving at least 10 minutes late. A further five per cent were cancelled.

This highlights the ongoing issues suffered by passengers trying to get in and out of Paddington due to track and signalling failures on Network Rail infrastructure.

Read more here.

Traffic stopped on M25 near Surrey after multi-vehicle collision

Tuesday 13 February 2024 11:32 , Jordan King

Traffic is currently stopped on the M25, clockwise between J8 and J9 due to a multi-vehicle collision.

You should expect delays of at least 30 minutes.

M25: Traffic released but there are still delays

Tuesday 13 February 2024 12:06 , Jordan King

Officials have released traffic on the M25 near Surrey, after a multi-vehicle collision, but drivers have been warned to expect delays of at least one hour.

More on M25 delays:

Tuesday 13 February 2024 12:18 , Jordan King

One lane (of four) as been closed and congestion has built up at Junction Seven.

Hammersmith and City Line back to good service

Tuesday 13 February 2024 12:40 , Jordan King

The Hammersmith and City Line is no longer delayed.

Seven vehicles involved in collision on M25, Surrey Police have said

Tuesday 13 February 2024 13:10 , Jacob Phillips

Surrey Police have told the Standard seven vehicles were involved in a collision at around 11am on the M25 between Junction 8 and 9.

Emergency services attended with only minor injuries reported and no one was taken to hospital, the force said.

One lane remains closed while the vehicles are recovered and all lanes are expected to reopen shortly.

Crash on M25 caused five mile delays

Tuesday 13 February 2024 13:26 , Jacob Phillips

The collision on the M25 caused five miles of queues, according to transport data company Inrix.

One out of four lanes remain closed.

All lanes reopened on M25

Tuesday 13 February 2024 14:09 , Jordan King

One of four lanes was closed between Junction Eight and Junction Nine after a multi-vehicle collision.

This has now been opened and delays have now eased.

If you're commuting home to Ipswich:

Tuesday 13 February 2024 14:13 , Jordan King

Greater Anglia trains through Ipswich are being affected by a previous fault with the signalling system.

This has cleared up and lines have reopened but trains may still be cancelled, delayed by up to 40 minutes of revised until 3.45pm.

The following routes are affected:

  • Between Cambridge/Lowestoft/Felixstowe and Ipswich

  • Between Peterborough and Colchester

  • Between Norwich and London Liverpool Street

Disruption to some trains to/from London Waterloo

Tuesday 13 February 2024 14:31 , Jordan King

We told you earlier about how South Western Railway trains are being affected by an incident between Surbiton and Woking, which required emergency services.

Although all lines have reopened, services are still experiencing delays and disruption is expected until the end of the day.

The following routes are affected between London Waterloo and:

  • Alton

  • Portsmouth & Southsea

  • Southampton Central

  • Yeovil Pen Mill

  • Weymouth

  • Exeter St Davids

You can check your specific journey here.

You can find alternative bus routes here.

London Overground part suspended

Tuesday 13 February 2024 14:56 , Jordan King

There is no service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction due to a points failure at Denmark Hill - good service on the rest of the line.

Northern Line part suspended

Tuesday 13 February 2024 14:57 , Jordan King

There is no service between Golders Green and Edgware Northbound while TfL removes an obstruction from the track - good service on the rest of the line.

Northern Line severely delayed

Tuesday 13 February 2024 15:10 , Jordan King

There are severe delays between Golders Green and Edgware while TfL removes an obstruction from the track - this was causing a partial suspension of the line but the status has been changed to severely delayed.

Line between London Euston and Birmingham reopened after landslip

Tuesday 13 February 2024 16:00 , Jacob Phillips

Network Rail has said the line between Euston and Birmingham reopened this afternoon following a landslip.

Over 800 tonnes of soil was excavated and transported away from site.

Full details of landslip on one of UK's busiest routes

Tuesday 13 February 2024 16:08 , Jacob Phillips

Tens of thousands of train passengers suffered severe disruption following a landslip on one of the UK’s busiest rail routes.The incident, which happened between Coventry and Rugby on Sunday, blocked a section of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Birmingham New Street, Network Rail saidNetwork Rail closed the line in both directions on Monday night to carry out repair work.Read our full story into the issue here.

Tens of thousands of train passengers are suffering severe disruption as repairs are carried out following a landslip on one of the UK’s busiest rail routes (Network Rail/PA)
Tens of thousands of train passengers are suffering severe disruption as repairs are carried out following a landslip on one of the UK’s busiest rail routes (Network Rail/PA)

No service on part of Piccadilly Line due to fire alert

Tuesday 13 February 2024 16:17 , Jacob Phillips

There are currently no Piccadilly Line trains running between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge while TfL respond to a fire alert at Uxbridge.

The issue is also causing severe delays on the Metropolitan Line between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge.

Circle Line suspended due to 'casualty on the track'

Tuesday 13 February 2024 16:18 , Jacob Phillips

The Circle Line has been suspended while emergency services deal with a casualty on the track, TfL has warned.

List of Tube lines impacted by casualty on track

Tuesday 13 February 2024 16:30 , Jacob Phillips

The Circle Line is suspended and several lines are part suspended due to a casualty on the track, TfL has said.

There is no service between Edgware Road and Barking on the Hammersmith and City Line.

There is also no service between Baker Street and Aldgate on the Metropolitan Line.

Services to resume shortly following fire alert

Tuesday 13 February 2024 16:57 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Metropolitan and Piccadilly Line services are expected to “resume shortly” following an earlier fire alert at Uxbridge, says TfL.

A spokesperson told the Standard just now: “There was a fire alert around 4.30pm. I understand LFB have attended and given the all clear, with services set to resume shortly.”

Uxbridge services back up and running after fire alert

Tuesday 13 February 2024 17:07 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Metropolitan and Piccadilly Line trains in the Uxbridge area have resumed after an earlier fire alert.

London Fire Brigade was called around 4.10pm to “reports of smoke at Uxbridge Underground Station”. A spokesperson said firefighters attended but following investigation, crews established there was no fire.

However, there is no Metropolitan Line service between Baker Street and Aldgate while emergency services deal with a casualty on the track, and severe delays are affecting the rest of the line.

There remain no Piccadilly Line service between Acton Town and Heathrow (all terminals) due to a planned closure.

Person taken to hospital after 'casualty on tracks'

Tuesday 13 February 2024 17:45 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

British Transport Police has confirmed a person has been taken to hospital after an incident on the railway tracks at Euston Square this afternoon.

"Officers were called to Euston Square underground station just after 4pm today to reports of a casualty on the tracks,” said a spokesperson.

“Paramedics also attended and a person has been taken to hospital. The incident is not being treated as suspicious."

Severe delays remain across five Tube lines

Tuesday 13 February 2024 18:27 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Five Tube lines - the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, and Piccadilly lines - are still experiencing severe delays this evening.

Several Tube lines that were closed due to a casualty on the tracks have since reopened.

The persisting delays are due to the earlier casualty, as well as an earlier faulty train at Barons Court, TfL says.

Meanwhile minor delays continue on the Central Line due to an ongoing shortage of trains.

Good evening

Tuesday 13 February 2024 22:16 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

That’s all from our travel live blog for today.

Thanks for following along. We wish you a safe journey this evening.