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'Security alert' at Hammersmith, plus cancellations and disruption to west London rail services 'due to shortage of train drivers' - live updates

West London services between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central are either cancelled or running on a reduced service

Paddington Station is subject to a new four-part documentary beginning on Monday (September 11)(Image: British Transport Police)

Rail passengers travelling through west London on Tuesday (September 19) should expect cancellations and delays to services.

Operator Southern has blamed a lack of availability of train drivers for the disruption, which is expected to last until 5pm.

All routes between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central "may be subject to disruption", says Southern, and numerous services have been cancelled.

It follows similar disruption on Monday (September 18), also blamed on a lack of staff.

There have also been unconfirmed reports of a security alert in Hammersmith.

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East Croydon - Milton Keynes update

National Rail confirms disruption of Southern Rail service between Milton Keynes and East Croydon set to continue “until end of day.”


Southern said:

“Due to the lack of availability of train drivers between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central, train services between these stations may be cancelled. Disruption is expected until end of the day. “


To assist you on your journey Southern have arranged ticket acceptance with the following routes:

- London Midland via Milton Keynes and London Euston.
- London Overground via any reasonable route.
- London Underground between London Euston, London Victoria and Clapham Junction.


Customers are advised to check the Journey Planner before travel, and to allow extra time for travel on all services on the west London line.


http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/171798.aspx




Waterloo station - information boards

Problem with information boards displaying train arrival/departure times at London Waterloo now resolved, National Rail confirms.


The problem occurred at 16:40

Marylebone station- broken escalator

Transport For London (TFL) have told Chiltern Railway customers arriving with luggage to use nearby Baker Street station due to a broken escalator.

TFL tweeted “Apologies hope to have fixed tomorrow.”


National Rail have confirmed that trains are now running normally following an earlier broken down train between Vauxhall and London Waterloo.


East Croydon service running normally

National Rail has confirmed that trains between East Croydon and Streatham Common are now running normally following an earlier disruption.

At 14:59 a passenger was taken ill on a train between the stations, causing delays to the service which has now returned to normal.




Waterloo disruption continues

Blocked tracks following a broken down train between Vauxhall and Waterloo means that delays and disruption are expected to continue until 4pm.

National Rail advise passengers to check before they travel.

https://t.co/QfaNFpUHh8



Waterloo delays - Broken track near Vauxhall

National Rail says: “Delays to and from London Waterloo expected until 3pm.


“This is due to a broken down train between Vauxhall and London Waterloo some lines are blocked.”

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/171848.aspx

What’s Going On:
Train services running to and from these stations may be delayed. Disruption is expected until 15:00 19/09.

What South Western Railway Are Doing About It:
One of the lines towards London Waterloo is currently blocked due to a broken down train near Vauxhall.

While staff are in the process of trying to resolve the fault, suburban services are being delayed on the approach to London Waterloo.

If you require assistance with your journey National Rail advises you speak to a member of staff or use a help point at a station.


Customers are advised to check the Journey Planner before travel, and to allow extra time for travel on all services.



Disruption continues

Due to the lack of availability of train drivers between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central disruption and cancellations to train services on all routes look set to continue up to 5pm.


National rail said: “Due to the lack of availability of train drivers, Southern have had to cancel numerous East Croydon to Milton Keynes Central services.”


To assist you on your journey Southern have arranged ticket acceptance with the following routes:

- London Midland via Milton Keynes and London Euston.
- London Overground via any reasonable route.
- London Underground between London Euston, London Victoria and Clapham Junction.


Customers are advised to check the Journey Planner before travel, and to allow extra time for travel on all services on the west London line.

St Pancras International - London Blackfriars services

National Rail says: “Trains are now able to run as normal between St Pancras International and London Blackfriars following a fault on a train at Farringdon.”

Customers are advised to check the Journey Planner before travel, and to allow extra time for travel on all services on the west London line.


West London line travel today

If you’re affected by delays and cancellations between Milton Keynes Central and East Croydon, here’s how you can still travel today:

Southern has arranged ticket acceptance with the following routes:

- London Midland via Milton Keynes and London Euston.
- London Overground via any reasonable route.
- London Underground between London Euston, London Victoria and Clapham Junction.

Customers are advised to check the Journey Planner prior to travel, and to allow extra time for travel on all services on the west London line.

Disruption between Between Greenford and West Ealing

National Rail says: “A fault with the signalling system between Greenford and West Ealing means trains between these stations may be cancelled. This is expected to continue until approximately 11.30am.”

The advice is:

Use London Underground services between Greenford and Ealing Broadway.

Tickets are also being accepted on London Buses route 105: Greenford (Station) - Southall (Station) - Heathrow (Central Bus Station), London Buses route E11: Ealing Broadway (Stop K) - West Ealing Station (Stop A) - Drayton Green - Castle Bar Park and London Buses route E7: Ealing Broadway (Stop F) - West Ealing (Stop A) - Greenford Broadway - Ruislip Gardens (Central Line).

Hammersmith & City Line services have resumed

But there are still delays:

Delays due to 'person ill on train'

One reason for the Southern Rail delays is a person ill on a train.


There will be a reduced Southern service between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central expected until 5pm.


Due to the lack of availability of train drivers between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central, train services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until 5pm

Hammersmith Station evacuated

A spokesman for British Transport Police confirmed that it was called at 8.29am to reports of a suspicious item at Hammersmith Station.

“The station was evacuated while officers investigated, and it was found to be non-suspicious,” the spokesman said.

The station reopened at 8.45am.

Hammersmith Station

Hammersmith Station evacuated during morning rush hour after reports of suspicious item

Met Police response

A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Holland Park roundabout at 8.08am to reports of a suspicious bag.

“It turned out to be a bag of rubbish,” the spokesman said.

'Security alert cleared'

Transport for London confirmed there was a security alert at Hammersmith earlier, but it has now been cleared.

Hammersmith 'security alert'

BBC London Travel says:


And later added that this is now “all clear”.

Reports of 'security alert'

We’re seeing reports of a security alert.


What National Rail is saying

Here’s what National Rail is saying on its website:

“Due to the lack of availability of train drivers between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central, train services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes. Disruption is expected until 5pm.

“Due to the lack of availability of train drivers, Southern have had to cancel numerous East Croydon to Milton Keynes Central services.

“Please check your journey before you travel.”

Southern Rail is blaming a lack of drivers for the disruption(Image: PA)

Good, sorry ughhhh, morning

Morning commuters - this can’t be fun for you.

To try and ease your pain, we’re planning on bringing you all the latest updates on disruption to rail services today on this live blog so you can stay informed about what on earth is going on with west London rail services.

We’ll pull everything we can from official sources and social media, but of course, if there is anything we have missed please let us know and we’ll investigate.


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