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London travel news LIVE: Delays hit Underground, Overground and DLR on Friday night

Seven Sisters is served by the Victoria line (Daniel Lynch)
Seven Sisters is served by the Victoria line (Daniel Lynch)

Delays have hit multiple Tube lines on the Underground during rush hour on Friday night.

The Victoria line is facing delays after a fire scare at Seven Sisters.

The London Fire Brigade was called to reports of smokes coming from the tracks at the north London Tube station but they did not find anything.

This left the line part suspended from King’s Cross St Pancras to Walthamstow Central on Friday afternoon but this stretch is now running again.

The Hammersmith and City line is also experiencing major delays due to a shortage of trains.

Meanwhile, disruption has hit the Central, Circle, Bakerloo and Metropolitan lines, along with the Overground and the DLR.

Follow live updates below.

Severe delays on Victoria Line

Friday 22 March 2024 08:06 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

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

It’s bad news this morning for those using the Victoria Line, which is experiencing severe delays due to the late finishing of engineering works.

TfL says there are also minor delays on the Central Line due to the ongoing train shortage, but there is a good service on the rest of the Underground network.

No Southeastern trains from Cannon Street or via Greenwich this weekend

Friday 22 March 2024 09:03 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

No Southeastern trains will run from London Cannon Street or via Greenwich tomorrow or on Sunday, says National Rail, due to engineering works.

Traffic queuing for three miles after M25 crash

Friday 22 March 2024 09:17 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A lane of the M25 anticlockwise is closed in north London following a crash near Potters Bar.

Three miles of traffic is queuing following the collision, which involved a lorry and a car, says traffic monitoring system Inrix.

The traffic is tailing back between junction 25 for the A10 (Enfield) and junction 24 for A111 Stagg Hill (Potters Bar).

Minor delays on Victoria Line

Friday 22 March 2024 10:30 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Earlier severe delays on the Victoria Line, caused by late-finishing engineering works, have now been downgraded to minor delays.

The TfL says there are also minor delays on the Central and Bakerloo lines due to a shortage of trains, but a good service on all other lines.

Traffic eases on M25 near Potters Bar following crash

Friday 22 March 2024 10:48 , Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Traffic is moving normally again on the M25 anticlockwise near Potters Bar following this morning’s crash, says traffic monitoring system Inrix.

Minor delays on the Bakerloo line

Friday 22 March 2024 10:59 , Will Mata

There are minor delays on the Bakerloo line this morning, Transport for London has said.

A shortage of trains has led to the link experiencing some disruption.

TfL has not said when it expects to resolve the issue.

Weekend closures on the A21

Friday 22 March 2024 11:26 , Will Mata

Motorists heading into the south east have been warned about A21 closures into Kent this weekend.

There will be weekend closures in the Tonbridge area from 8pm to 6am with further disruption next week.

Details below.

Traffic had stopped on A2 due to police incident

Friday 22 March 2024 11:44 , Will Mata

Traffic has been released on the A2 eastbound in Kent between the A227 (Gravesend) and M2, National Highways has said.

“Delays remain in the area but should start to ease,” a statement added.

On Friday morning, the motoway had been brought to a halt due to a police incident. Long queues then formed.

Delays still being shown on the M25

Friday 22 March 2024 12:21 , Will Mata

Data from Inrix shows traffic to still be heavy on the M25 after an earlier crash.

The build up is shown between junctions 10 and 11 after the collision between the car and the lorry.

 (Inrix)
(Inrix)

Central line now reporting minor delays

Friday 22 March 2024 12:44 , Will Mata

Minor delays due to train cancellations have now led to the Central line experiencing minor delays - Transport for London has said.

All other lines are now operating a good service.

 (PA)
(PA)

M25 closed from J27 (M11) to J26 (A121)

Friday 22 March 2024 13:11 , Will Mata

The M25 has been closed and traffic is stationary from J27 (Epping / M11) to J26 (A121 / Waltham Abbey).

The incident in north, east London, occured after a crash involving a lorry.

Inrix data shows the traffic has stopped just after the Bell Common Tunnel.

Everything is at a standstill as of 1.10pm.

 (Traffic cameras)
(Traffic cameras)

Disruption on the London Overground

Friday 22 March 2024 14:05 , Jacob Phillips

The London Overground is disrupted between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside due to passengers causing a disturbance on a train.

National Rail has warned there could be disruption until 3pm.

Heavy traffic in East London

Friday 22 March 2024 15:00 , Will Mata

Heavy traffic is beginning to build in East London, data has shown.

Inrix graphics show that vehicles are moving slowly in East Ham, Beckton and Barking areas.

There has been no associated problem flagged.

 (Inrix)
(Inrix)

M25 now reopen but delays expected

Friday 22 March 2024 15:15 , Will Mata

The M25 has now reopened after an earlier crash anticlockwise from J27 (Epping / M11) to J26 (A121/ Waltham Abbey)

This stretch still has congestion to J28 (A12 Brook Street Roundabout) with the opposite side back to J25 (Enfield).

Lanes three and four (of four) remain closed, with recovery under way, Inrix said on Friday around 3pm.

 (Inrix)
(Inrix)

Severe delays on Hammersmith and City line

Friday 22 March 2024 16:16 , Will Mata

Severe delays due to train cancellations are currently being felt on the Hammersmith and City line, Transport for London has said.

The entire line from Hammersmith to Barking is marked as impacted.

TfL has not gvien any further detail about the waiting times expected.

Part suspension and severe delays on the Victoria line

Friday 22 March 2024 16:19 , Will Mata

Transport for London has said the Victoria line is not running from King’s Cross to Walthamstow Central due to a fire alert at Seven Sisters.

There are severe delays on the rest of the line, south to Brixton.

May wrote on Twitter: “Why is there always some sh*t going on with the Victoria line I just wanna go home.”

Victoria line no longer part suspended

Friday 22 March 2024 16:53 , Jordan King

The Victoria line is now running a full service but it is currently severely delayed.

More on the 'fire' at Seven Sisters

Friday 22 March 2024 17:05 , Jordan King

The London Fire Brigade said: “Crews responded to reports of smoke issuing from tracks at Seven Sisters Underground Station in Tottenham.

“Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the track and found no signs of fire or smoke.

“The Brigade was called at 3.35pm and the incident was over for firefighters at 4.17pm.”

Severe delays to Circle line

Friday 22 March 2024 17:06 , Jordan King

There are currently severe delays due to train cancellations.

Victoria line delays now minor

Friday 22 March 2024 17:34 , Jordan King

The delays to the Victoria line, which were severe, are now minor.

DLR part suspended

Friday 22 March 2024 18:52 , Jordan King

There is currently no service between Gallions Reach and Beckton while we fix a faulty train at Beckton - good service on the rest of the line.

Minor delays to Overground

Friday 22 March 2024 18:53 , Jordan King

There are currently minor delays between Stratford and Richmond due to a person getting ill on a train earlier at Hackney Wick.

Bakerloo line severely delayed

Friday 22 March 2024 19:07 , Jordan King

There are currently severe delays between Stonebridge Park and Harrow & Wealdstone while Network Rail fixes a signal failure at Harrow & Wealdstone - good service on the rest of the line.

Bakerloo line now part suspended

Friday 22 March 2024 19:50 , Jordan King

There is currently no service between Stonebridge Park and Harrow & Wealdstone while we fix a signal failure at Harrow & Wealdstone - good service on the rest of the line.

Overgound delays now severe

Friday 22 March 2024 19:51 , Jordan King

The delays between Stratford and Richmond / Clapham Junction, due to a person ill on a train earlier at Hackney Wick, are now severe.

Minor delays to Metropolitan line

Friday 22 March 2024 19:51 , Jordan King

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

Good night

Friday 22 March 2024 22:15 , Jordan King

That concludes the Evening Standard’s coverage of London travel news, check back in with us on Monday!