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London travel news LIVE: Trains to King's Cross delayed by 40 minutes due to 'trespass incident'

Passengers look at the departure board at Kings Cross station in London (PA) (PA Wire)
Passengers look at the departure board at Kings Cross station in London (PA) (PA Wire)

Trains travelling to and from London King’s Cross were delayed by up to 40 minutes on Thursday evening following a “trespass incident” near Peterborough.

National Rail said lines were forced to close while the incident and services could also be cancelled or revised.

Routes impacted include CrossCountry services between Birmingham New Street and Stansted Airport, and Grand Central trains between King’s Cross and Bradford Interchange, as well as to Sunderland.

Trains from King’s Cross to Hull and Beverley are also impacted as well as LNER services from the London station to Lincoln, Leeds, Harrogate, Skipton, Sunderland and Edinburgh.

Earlier on Thursday Stansted Express trains running between the London airport and Liverpool Street Station were disrupted by an “operational issue”.

Scroll down for the latest travel updates in London.

Incidents affecting travel this morning

  • Trains from Liverpool Street and Stratford disrupted 'until further notice'

  • Signal failure at Strawberry Hill affecting Waterloo services

  • Southern rail London Bridge services disrupted

Chaos on London Overground

Thursday 7 March 2024 07:06 , Matt Watts

A fault with the signalling system between Willesden Junction and Acton Central is causing disruption to services running to / from Stratford. As a result, trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised, National Rail said.

Trains are currently suspended between Willesden Junction and Richmond.

Disruption is expected until 8am.

There are also severe delays between New Cross Gate and West Croydon / Crystal Palace following a late finish of engineering work, Transport for London said.

Disruption affecting Southern rail services

Thursday 7 March 2024 07:15 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Southern and Thameslink services can now run in both directions between London Bridge, and south London stations Norwood Junction or Crystal Palace, says Southern.

Overrunning engineering works earlier meant some trains weren’t stopping at these stations.

However, Southern says there may still be some “short notice amendments” while it works to return to its normal timetable.

Major disruption expected until 9am

Thursday 7 March 2024 07:24 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

In bad news for morning commuters, National Rail warns disruption affecting Overground, Southern and Thameslink services is due to last until 9am.

The disruption is due to overrunning engineering works, and a points failure between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/Norwood Junction.

All lines have reopened, but National Rail says trains may still be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes, or revised.

The services affected are:

  • London Overground services between Dalston Junction / Highbury & Islington / New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace / West Croydon

  • Southern services between London Bridge and Caterham / Epsom / Littlehampton / London Victoria / Purley / Streatham Hill / Uckfield

  • Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton / East Grinstead / Gatwick Airport / Three Bridges, and between Cambridge and Brighton, also between Peterborough and Horsham

Disruption through Strawberry Hill expected until midday

Thursday 7 March 2024 07:42 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

There is a signalling problem at Strawberry Hill in west London, meaning trains running through the area “may be delayed, revised or cancelled”, says National Rail.

Trains are having to run at a reduced speed on all lines.

Services to and from London Waterloo are among those affected.

Disruption is expected until 12pm, says National Rail.

Minor delays on District Line due to faulty train

Thursday 7 March 2024 08:08 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

There are minor delays between Earl's Court and Upminster eastbound on the District Line, due to an earlier faulty train at South Kensington.

Minor delays on Northern Line

Thursday 7 March 2024 08:13 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

There are now also minor delays on the Northern Line, southbound between Camden Town and Kennington via Bank, due to an earlier faulty train at London Bridge.

Trains back up and running on Overground but severe delays persist

Thursday 7 March 2024 08:27 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

The Overground is back up and running, after the stretch between Willesden Junction and Richmond was suspended earlier due to a signal failure at Acton Central.

Severe delays continue between Willesden Junction and Richmond however, says TfL.

Earlier delays on the Northern Line are now over, but minor delays persist on the District Line between Tower Hill and Upminster, eastbound.

Disruption affecting Liverpool Street and Stratford trains 'until further notice'

Thursday 7 March 2024 09:07 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A signalling fault is now affecting trains running from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport, Cambridge, and Hertford East, and well as some services running from Stratford.

National Rail says the disruption is expected “until further notice”.

The following alterations are in place:

  • Services from London Liverpool Street to Hertford East will divert via Seven Sisters

  • Services from London Liverpool Street to Cambridge will divert via Seven Sisters

  • Services from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport are likely to be delayed

  • Services from Stratford to Bishops Stortford are likely to be delayed

  • Services from Stratford to Meridian Water are likely to be delayed

Good service restored on Overground

Thursday 7 March 2024 09:45 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

London Overground has been hit by delays all morning due to a signal failure, but these are now over.

There is now a good service running across the Overground, and all Underground lines.

Dozens of Greater Anglia trains impacted by signalling fault

Thursday 7 March 2024 11:07 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

The Greater Anglia website shows 23 timetabled trains, including services between Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street, are currently affected by disruptions caused by the ongoing signalling fault.

Some trains are delayed, while others have been diverted, or revised to remove scheduled stops.

Full details can be found on the Greater Anglia website here.

Minor delays on Overground

Thursday 7 March 2024 11:40 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

There are minor delays between Willesden Junction and Stratford on the Overground due to emergency engineering work, but a good service on the rest of the line and all London Underground lines.

London Overground no longer delayed

Thursday 7 March 2024 12:59 , Jordan King

The London Overground has returned to running a good service.

Greater Anglia signalling fault fixed

Thursday 7 March 2024 14:18 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

An earlier signalling issue that was affecting some trains running from Liverpool Street and Stratford has now been fixed, says Greater Anglia.

Stansted Express trains hit by delays

Thursday 7 March 2024 14:19 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Due to “an operational incident at Stansted Airport station”, a reduced service is able to run to and from the airport, says National Rail.

Services between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport are currently being delayed by up to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile services running from Norwich to Stansted Airport are currently unable to run between Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

Stansted Airport trains now delayed by up to 10 minutes

Thursday 7 March 2024 15:31 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Stansted Express trains between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport are currently being delayed by up to 10 minutes, says National Rail.

It comes after services were earlier delayed by up to 20 minutes.

Good service on all Tube lines

Thursday 7 March 2024 16:35 , Jacob Phillips

There is currently a good service on all Tube lines going into rush hour, Transport for London has said.

Stansted Express trains able to run as normal

Thursday 7 March 2024 17:16 , Jacob Phillips

National Rail has said following an earlier operational incident at Stansted Airport trains are now able to run as normal.

Severe delays on the M25

Thursday 7 March 2024 17:50 , Jacob Phillips

There are severe delays and one lane is currently closed on the M25 due to a crash.

The incident took place on the M25 clockwise before J25 A10 Great Cambridge Road (Enfield), according to travel data site Inrix

There is currently congestion to J22 (St Albans / London Colney).

Up to 40 minute delays on trains from King's Cross

Thursday 7 March 2024 17:57 , Jacob Phillips

Routes from King’s Cross are delayed for up to 40 minutes due to a trespasser near Peterborough.

Trains could also be revised or cancelled.

National Rail has said disruption is expected until 6.30pm.

Minor delays on three Tube lines

Thursday 7 March 2024 18:25 , Jacob Phillips

There are currently minor delays on three Tube lines.

Transport for London has said there are minor delays on the Bakerloo Line between Elephant & Castle and Queen's park northbound due to an earlier customer incident at Charing Cross.

There are also minor delays between Stratford and Green Park due to a customer incident.

There are further delays on the Northern Line due to an earlier obstruction on the track at Warren Street.

Trains from King's Cross able to run as normal

Thursday 7 March 2024 21:04 , Jacob Phillips

National Rail has said trains are able to run as normal again following a trespass incident near Peterborough.

Minor delays on the Northern Line

Thursday 7 March 2024 21:09 , Jacob Phillips

There are minor delays on the Northern Line due to train cancellations, Transport for London has said.

Reduced service on the Elizabeth Line

Thursday 7 March 2024 21:35 , Jacob Phillips

There is a reduced service between Paddington and Maidenhead from 21.30pm until the end of service, Transport for London has said.

This is due to planned engineering works.

Live coverage ends

Thursday 7 March 2024 21:58 , Jacob Phillips

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