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London travel news LIVE: Major disruption to Waterloo trains with services affected until end of day

One of the UK's busiest railway lines is blocked after a train hit an object on the track.

South Western Railway is unable to run any services between Woking and London Waterloo.

This affects trains serving Guildford and/or Basingstoke as well, leaving many of them cancelled, delayed or revised until the end of the day

Network Rail said: "At around 5.50am this morning, a South Western Railway train travelling towards London Waterloo struck an object in the Walton-on-Thames area.

"No-one was injured and all passengers were safely escorted from the train; however, the lines through the area are currently blocked while we investigate.

"Early investigations show the front wheels of the train are derailed, therefore it's likely to take us some time to get the railway reopened.

"We're really sorry for the disruption and will update customers on the repairs and timescale for reopening as we know more."

Follow latest London travel updates below.

What you need to know about getting around London today:

  • Piccadilly Line delays

  • Minor delays to District Line

  • Major disruption to London Waterloo trains

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22:51 , Jacob Phillips

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Severe delays on Piccadilly Line end

19:32 , Jacob Phillips

Transport for London has said there is now a good service on the Piccadilly Line following earlier disruption.

Severe delays still on the Piccadilly Line

18:43 , Jacob Phillips

There are still severe delays on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Heathrow Airport as well as between Acton Town and Uxbridge.

Transport for London has said the issue is due to a signal failure at Caledonian Road.

Minor delays on the Northern Line

18:41 , Jacob Phillips

There are currently minor delays on the Northern Line while Transport for London fix faulty communications equipment.

Major disruption on trains from London Waterloo

17:37 , Jacob Phillips

National Rail has said routes between London Waterloo and Basingstoke, Guildford and Woking due to an “operational incident”.

Due to the issue between Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge all lines are blocked.

Train running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

Major disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Lines between Woking and Surbiton will remain closed for rest of the day

16:59 , Jacob Phillips

South Western Railway has said all lines between Woking and Surbiton will remain closed for the rest of the day.

Minor delays on the District Line

15:45 , Jacob Phillips

There are minor delays on the District Line between Turham Green and Richmond due to a points failure.

Transport for London has said there is a good service on the rest of the line.

Severe delays on Piccadilly Line...again

14:12 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

After briefly reporting a good service, TfL’s website is now saying there are severe delays (again/still) on the Piccadilly Line, due to the signal failure at Caledonian Road we reported on earlier.

Piccadilly Line delays end

14:00 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A good service is now operating across the Piccadilly Line following earlier delays, says TfL.

What do we know so far about incident that has cancelled train services?

13:55 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A South Western Railway train struck an object in the Walton-on-Thames area around 5.50am today, causing its front wheels to come off the rails.

“No one was injured and all customers were safely escorted from the train,” said National Rail.”

The incident, and extent of damage to the tracks, are now being investigated.

All four tracks between Surbiton and Woking are closed until further notice, affecting all trains due to run through Woking Station, such as services between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids, Portsmouth Harbour and Weymouth.

National Rail says: “Please do not attempt to travel on services that run through Woking today.”

Change to Piccadilly Line delays

13:31 , Jordan King

The status of Piccadilly Line delays has been changing all day. TfL is now reporting that they are severe across the whole line - because of signal failure at Caledonian Road.

Elizabeth Line no longer delayed

12:27 , Jordan King

The Elizabeth Line has returned to running a good service.

Waterloo & City Line no longer delayed

11:32 , Jordan King

The Waterloo & City Line has returned to running a good service.

Delays between London Kings Cross and Stevenage

11:13 , Jordan King

A safety inspection of the track between London Kings Cross and Stevenage left some lines blocked earlier today.

The lines have now reopened but disruption is still expected until around 11.45am.

The following routes are affected:

  • Grand Central between London Kings Cross and Bradford Interchange / Sunderland

  • Hull Trains between London Kings Cross and Hull / Beverley

  • LNER between London Kings Cross and Lincoln / Bradford Forster Square / Leeds / Harrogate / York / Edinburgh / Glasgow Central / Stirling / Inverness

  • Lumo between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh

Changes to Piccadilly Line delays

10:20 , Jordan King

We told you earlier about how there were severe delays on the Piccadilly Line between Cockfosters and Acton Town while TfL fixed a signal failure at Caledonian Road.

There were also minor delays on a part of the line which affected travellers trying to get to Hethrow.

This is no longer the case with TfL reporting minor delays across the line in general - still because of a signal failure at Caledonian Road.

Minor delays to District Line

09:57 , Jordan King

There are currently delays between Turnham Green and Richmond due to points failure at Richmond - there is good service on the rest of the line.

More information about disruption to London Waterloo trains

09:42 , Jordan King

Network Rail has explained what exactly happened that left one of the UK's busiest railway lines is blocked.

A spokesperson said: "At around 5.50am this morning, a South Western Railway train travelling towards London Waterloo struck an object in the Walton-on-Thames area.

"No-one was injured and all passengers were safely escorted from the train; however, the lines through the area are currently blocked while we investigate.

"Early investigations show the front wheels of the train are derailed, therefore it's likely to take us some time to get the railway reopened.

"We're really sorry for the disruption and will update customers on the repairs and timescale for reopening as we know more."

About 40% of journeys on London public transport network to cost more despite Sadiq fares freeze

09:21 , Jordan King

Around 40 per cent of journeys on London’s public transport network will be more expensive due to the limited impact of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s “fares freeze”, it can be revealed.

It means that Transport for London’s income from fares will increase by up to £75m over the next 12 months, if travel returns to pre-pandemic levels – the bulk from more expensive Tube journeys.

Mr Khan’s partial fares freeze – which leaves the cost of pay-as-you-go journeys on the Tube, London buses, the London Overground, Elizabeth line, DLR and Croydon tram unchanged until March next year – came into effect on Sunday.

But because the “cap” on the cost of multiple pay-as-you-go journeys has increased, alongside a 4.9 per cent average increase in Travelcards, many passengers will end up paying more.

Read more here.

MR KHAN’S PARTIAL FARES FREEZE CAME INTO EFFECT ON SUNDAY (PA Wire)
MR KHAN’S PARTIAL FARES FREEZE CAME INTO EFFECT ON SUNDAY (PA Wire)

Minor delays to Elizabeth Line

09:04 , Jordan King

There are currently minor delays between Hayes & Harlington and Reading while TfL fixes a track fault at Twyford - good service on the rest of the line.

Delays if you're travelling to Heathrow:

08:38 , Jordan King

There are minor delays on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Heathrow and Uxbridge.

The line is also facing severe delays between Cockfosters and Acton Town while TfL fixes a signal failure at Caledonian Road.

Major disruption to some London Waterloo trains

08:22 , Jordan King

All South Western Railway lines are blocked between London Waterloo and Woking/Guildford/Basingstoke.

This is because of a safety inspection of the track between Walton-On-Thames and Weybridge.

Services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised until the end of the day.

Overground no longer disrupted

08:21 , Jordan King

We told you earlier about how London Overground trains running to/from Stratford may be cancelled or delayed because of a fault with the signalling system.

National Rail says this is no longer the case, and has declared the “incident cleared”.

Status updates from National Rail

07:29 , Jordan King

As of 7.30am, train services have reported the following statuses:

Southern: Minor delays

Southeastern: Minor delays

South Western Railway: Minor delays

Chiltern Railways: Special service

Great Western Railway: Minor delays

You can find more information here.

Two lanes closed after three-vehicle crash on M4

07:25 , Jordan King

Two of five lanes are currently closed on the M4, after an accident look place eastbound between J5 A4 London Road (Langley) and J4B M25 J15.

Traffic was temporarily held for 20 minutes and is now queuing, according to traffic monitoring site Inrix, which said there has been a “high impact”.

Disruption to London Overground to/from Stratford

07:14 , Jordan King

London Overground trains running to/from Stratford may be cancelled or delayed until at least 8am.

This is because of a fault with the signalling system whcih has affected routes between Clapham Junction/Richmond and Stratford.

Disruption between Wimbledon and Woking

07:12 , Jordan King

South Western Railway trains between Wimbledon and Woking are being affected by a safety inspection of the track between Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge, which has blocked some lines.

Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised until at least 10am.

Minor delays to Waterloo & City Line

07:10 , Jordan King

This is because of a shortage of trains.

Severe and minor delays on the Piccadilly Line

07:09 , Jordan King

There are currently severe delays between Cockfosters to Acton Town westbound only due to an earlier signal failure in the Caledonian Road with minor delays on the rest of the line.

Good morning

07:08 , Jordan King

Good morning and welcome to The Standard’s London travel live blog. Stay with us for up-to-date information on getting around the capital today.