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London travel news LIVE: M25 chaos eases after van fire closed motorway and crash caused 11-mile tailbacks near M23 in Surrey

Huge tailbacks on the M25 anti-clockwise near J8 on Friday morning  (www.motorwaycameras.co.uk)
Huge tailbacks on the M25 anti-clockwise near J8 on Friday morning (www.motorwaycameras.co.uk)

Huge tailbacks formed on the M25 on Friday after a serious crash between junctions 7 and 8 in Surrey.

Three out of four lanes were closed with 11-mile tailbacks and two-hour delays as of 8.38am, according to traffic monitoring site Inrix. All three lanes were open as of 2.30pm, said National Highways, but there could still be delays of over an hour.

Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, one of which is believed to be life-threatening.

The M25 also had to close on Friday evening between Junction 4 (Bromley) and Junction 5 (M26) after a van fire, National Highways said. The road has since reopened.

Meanwhile, one person was found dead on the tracks at Amersham Underground station on Friday morning. The police are not treating the incident as suspicious. Separately, trains into Marylebone face disruption for the whole of Friday due to a signalling fault.

Follow latest updates below...

Key Points

M25 reopened after 'van fire'

19:07 , Jacob Phillips

The M25 has fully reopened after a van fire, National Highways have said.

M25 closed clockwise due to van fire

17:41 , Jacob Phillips

The M25 is closed clockwise between Junction 4 (Bromley) and Junction 5 (M26) due to a van fire, National Highways have said.

Kent Police and fire service are in attendance

Severe delays hit Piccadilly Line in rush hour

17:08 , Jacob Phillips

There are severe delays on the Piccadilly Line as many commuters head home from work.

TfL has said there are delays between Acton Town and Uxbridge as well as between Acton Town and all Heathrow terminals due to train cancellations.

Tickets are being accepted on London buses and the Elizabeth line.

Chiltern Railways apologises after customers were delayed 'for several hours'

16:58 , Jacob Phillips

Chiltern Railways has issued an apology after disruption at Marylebone station meant some travellers were delayed 'for several hours'.

In a joint statement with Network Rail, the rail company said the issues were caused by a signalling issue between Marylebone and Wembley.

Delays on three tube lines as rush hour begins

16:12 , Jacob Phillips

There are minor delays on three tube lines going into rush hour, TfL has said.

There are currently minor delays between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Moor Park on the Metropolitan Line due to a signal failure at Moor Park.

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

There are also ongoing delays on the Central Line due to a shortage of trains.

Trains at Marylebone disrupted until the end of the day

16:01 , Jacob Phillips

Trains are expected to be cancelled or delayed for up to 30 minutes at Marylebone station until the end of the day, National Rail has said.

Trains travelling between Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon as well as Stourbridge Junction are affected.

All three lanes on the M25 are now clear

15:18 , Jordan King

All lanes on the M25 are now open.

There are still delays of over an hour remain but this is starting to ease now.

Northern Line no longer delayed

14:38 , Jordan King

There are no longer any delays on the Northern Line.

Minor delays on the Northern Line

14:20 , Jordan King

There is minor delays between High Barnet and Camden Town while we fix a faulty train at Finchley Central.

There is a good service on the rest of the line.

Minor delays on the Piccadilly Line

14:05 , Jordan King

There are minor delays between Acton Town and Uxbridge due to train cancellations but there is a good service on the rest of line.

M25 delays down to 45 minutes on approach

14:02 , Jordan King

National Highways said it expects repairs to be completed shortly.

Delays are now down to 45 minutes on approach.

Overnight closures at the Dartford Tunnel this weekend

12:49 , Matt Watts

Overnight closures at the Dartford Tunnel continue this weekend. Details are below:

One of closed lanes reopens on M25

12:36 , Matt Watts

National Highways have said only two lanes are now closed on the M25 anti-clockwise in Surrey between Junction 8 (Reigate) and Junction 7 (M23) to allow for emergency barrier repairs to take place following the earlier multi-vehicle crash.

It said: “There’s still an hour delay on approach so allow extra journey time this afternoon.”

Broken down lorry stuck in M25 queue

11:52 , Jordan King

There is now also a broken down in the lorry in the queue backed up for 11 miles, with two hours of congestion.

Delays to Metropolitan Line now minor

11:28 , Jordan King

There are minor delays between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Moor Park due a signal failure at Moor Park.

The Line was previously suspended because of a casualty on the track.

Death at Amersham Underground station

11:05 , Jordan King

A person was found dead on the tracks at Amersham Underground station this morning.

Not many details have been revealed but the British Transport Police said the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

M25 delays expected until 5.30pm

11:00 , Jordan King

The travel chaos on the M25 is not expected to clear until between at least 5.15pm - although the extent of the disruption may change.

Marylebone delays could take up to one hour

10:25 , Jordan King

Trains to or from Marylebone may be delayed by up to 60 minutes, cancelled or revised.The emergency services are dealing with an incident between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Amersham. Additionally there is a fault with the signalling system in the area.

The routes affected are: London Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway/Oxford/Stratford-upon-Avon/Stourbridge Junction.

Two-hour delays on M25

10:21 , Jordan King

The delay to the M25 (where three out of four lanes are closed anti-clockwise in Surrey, between J8 (Reigate) and J7 (M23)) has been updated to 90 minutes (nine miles) on approach

Metropolitan Line is part suspended

09:52 , Jordan King

There is no service between Chalfont & Latimer and Amersham while emergency services deal with a casualty on the track.

There are also minor delays between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Moor Park due a signal failure at Moor Park.

But TfL is reporting a good service on the rest of the line.

Three people taken to hospital after M25 crash

09:35 , Jordan King

Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, one of which is believed to be life-threatening.

Delays on M25 expected until 4.15pm at least

09:32 , Jordan King

The travel chaos on the M25 is not expected to clear until between 4.15pm and 4.30pm - although the extent of the disruption may change.

90-minute delay on M25

08:50 , Jordan King

The delay to the M25 (where three out of four lanes are closed anti-clockwise in Surrey, between J8 (Reigate) and J7 (M23)) has been updated to 90 minutes (nine miles) on approach, according to traffic monitoring site Inrix.

Minor delays to the Metropolitan Line

07:49 , Jordan King

Delays are between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Moor Park due a signal failure at Moor Park.

There is a good service on the rest of the line.

Minor delays on the Central Line

07:49 , Jordan King

This is because of a shortage of trains.

70-minute delay on M25

07:47 , Jordan King

The delay to the M25 (where three out of four lanes are closed anti-clockwise in Surrey, between J8 (Reigate) and J7 (M23)) has been updated to 70 minutes on approach.

There is around six miles of congestion.

If you're getting the 5.30pm train from Sunderland to London Kings Cross

07:35 , Jordan King

This train will not run today because of egineering work taking place in the Newcastle area.

Today is the last day of no late night/early morning trains via Seven Sisters

07:34 , Jordan King

Engineering works has meant Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services via Seven Sisters have not been able to run early morning or late night since February 5.

Trains between 23:35 and 05:15 each night are diverted to run via Tottenham Hale.

If you're getting the 9.15pm London Euston to Inverness train:

07:31 , Jordan King

This train will be diverted via Ladybank and will not call at Stirling, Dunblane or Gleneagles because of engineering works taking place between Stirling and Gleneagles.

Weather will affect Southern services today

07:28 , Jordan King

Forecasted high winds are expected to disrupt the Southern network, leaving trains delayed, cancelled or revised.

Customers have been advised to:

  • Take extra care as platforms will be wet, and slippery in places

  • Allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination

You can check your specific journey here.

Disruption between Finsbury Park and Moorgate

07:25 , Jordan King

Lines are blocked because of a fault on a train.

This means that trains between Finsbury Park and Moorgate may be cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes or diverted to London Kings Cross.

Disruption expected until 8am.

If you're travelling to or from Marylebone:

07:20 , Jordan King

You should expect disruption until 10am because of a fault with the signalling system.

Trains running to and from London Marylebone may be delayed by up to 15 minutes or cancelled.

Trains between London Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway/Aylesbury will start/terminate from Harrow-on-the-Hill.

You can check your specific journey here.

If your journey is delayed, you might be able to claim compensation here - remember to keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey.

Traffic causing major delays on M25 in Surrey

07:16 , Jordan King

A serious collision has left three out of four lanes are closed on the M25, anti-clockwise in Surrey, between J8 (Reigate) and J7 (M23).

There's a 20-minute delay on approach with three miles of congestion so allow extra time.

Good morning

07:12 , Jordan King

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