London travel news LIVE: Elizabeth line and Heathrow Express disruption after fault at Paddington

 (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)
(Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

Train services between Paddington station and Heathrow Airport terminals are disrupted on Wednesday evening after a safety inspection.

Elizabeth line and Heathrow Express services are affected, with cancellations and delays expected until 9pm.

Earlier, Chelsea Bridge was shut to traffic after a serious collision involving a skip lorry and a cyclist.

The incident happened shortly after 8am on Wednesday on the north side of the bridge, near the Chelsea Embankment, leaving the cyclist badly injured.

The bridge was reopened at around 2.30pm on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have been made.

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London Paddington cancellations and delays extend to Penzance

19:09 , Anthony France

Great Western Railway services between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway, Oxford, Swindon, Bristol Temple Meads, Worcester Shrub Hill, Worcester Foregate Street, Swansea, Weston-super-Mare, Paignton, Newquay and Penzance are affected.

Network Rail added the Heathrow Express between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5 is facing delays and cancellation.

Cancellations and delays between Paddington and Heathrow

18:23 , Miriam Burrell

A safety inspection of the track between London Paddington and Reading / Heathrow Terminals means some lines are disrupted.

As a result, trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 40 minutes or revised, National Rail said.

Elizabeth line, Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express services are affected.

Disruption is expected until 9pm.

Disruption between Dalston and Canada Water until 7pm

18:07 , Miriam Burrell

Lines have reopened after an incident between Dalston Junction and Canada Water.

But trains running between these stations may be cancelled or revised, National Rail said.

Disruption is expected until 7pm.

Disruption between Paddington and Reading due to track safety inspection

16:27 , Jacob Phillips

Trains between London Paddington and Reading, as well as to Heathrow Terminals, have been hit by delays due to a track safety inspection.

National Rail has said services may be cancelled, delayed or revised until 5.15pm.

Severe delays on Victoria Line

16:11 , Jacob Phillips

There are severe delays on the Victoria Line while Transport for London respond to a fire alert at Brixton.

There are also minor delays on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Uxbridge as well as to Heathrow Airport due to train cancellations.

Long delays on M25 due to rolled over car

15:37 , Jacob Phillips

All lanes have stopped on the M25 in south east London due to a rolled over car.

There are long delays on the busy motorway clockwise before Orpington.

Congestion is back to the M20 Swanley interchange.

All roads reopen following collision on Chelsea Bridge

14:41 , Jacob Phillips

Kensington and Chelsea Council has confirmed that all road have reopened following the crash between a cyclist and a lorry on Wednesday morning.

Queuing traffic on the M25 near the Dartford Tunnels

14:21 , Jacob Phillips

Two lanes closed and traffic is building up on the M25 due to stalled vehicle before the Dartford Tunnels.

Traffic is currently using both tunnels again, but lanes one and two remain closed, according to travel data site Inrix.

Cyclist injuries not life changing or life threatening

12:52 , Jacob Phillips

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that the cyclist injured in a collision on Chelsea Bridge has not suffered life threatening or life changing injuries.

London Waterloo trains hit by delays

11:23 , Jacob Phillips

Trains between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside, Reading and Weybridge have been hit by delays due to an operational incident.

Services running through Staines have been hit by 15 minute delays and disruption is expected until midday.

Passengers at Waterloo Station in London (PA Archive)
Passengers at Waterloo Station in London (PA Archive)

Chelsea Bridge shut after collision between cyclist and lorry

11:19 , Jacob Phillips

A cyclist is thought to have suffered “potentially life-changing injuries” in collision with a skip lorry on Chelsea Bridge during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

The incident is believed to have happened at around 8am on the north side of the bridge, near the Chelsea Embankment.

Two eyewitnesses told the Standard that the vehicle involved was a skip lorry. One said she helped to stop the traffic to enable the cyclist, a man, to be treated.

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