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14,000 passengers evacuated from King's Cross station

Queues at Euston as trains not stopping at Kings Cross Credit: Claire Fox Baron

The Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines were suspended this morning due to loose concrete being found overnight in the King's Cross area.

We worked to resolve the problem which included getting scaffold to site so the roof affected could be fixed.

On the Central line there was a broken down engineering train at the east end of the line which caused a late start of service. A

ll lines which serve King’s Cross have now resumed with the exception of the Circle line, and there are minor delays on the Central line. Obviously I am very sorry for anyone delayed this morning.

– Phil Hufton, London Underground

Thousands of commuters hit by long delays on Tube

Commuters are enduring a miserable morning with no services on one Tube line and disruption on three others.

Work to remove loose concrete from the roof of King's Cross Underground station in London meant that no Circle line trains were able to run.

Evacuation at Kings Cross due to overcrowding Credit: ITV News

The work also resulted in no services between Baker Street and Aldgate on the Metropolitan line and between Baker Street and Barking on the Hammersmith & City line.

To add to travellers' frustrations, there were severe delays on the Central line due to late-running engineering work.


Contactless payments go live today

From today, if you're travelling by Tube, train or tram in London you'll be able to use your bank card rather than having to top up your Oyster card. Transport for London say network-wide contactless payments- which have been operating on London buses since 2012- will reduce the time it takes for people to use the city's transport.

Underground contactless payments go live Credit: PA

Contactless payments work in the same way as Oyster cards, which are still valid. The new payment option, which is part of a range of improvements TfL is making for customers, means that there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.

London Underground boss confirmed to be stepping down

One of London Underground's top bosses, COO Phil Hufton, is confirmed to be stepping down next year.

He will take on the position of Managing Director of Network Operations at Network Rail, currently held by Robin Gisby.

Mr Hufton said he was "extremely disappointed to leave London Underground at a very exciting time" but was looking forward to helping Network Rail "develop and grow the network and further establish a safe and reliable railway".

TfL Broadway plans attract more criticism from Green Party

Plans by TfL to redevelop 55 Broadway, the home of London Underground, have attracted further criticism from the Green Party today over an apparent lack of affordable housing in the plans.

“Rapidly rising prices and rents, are major reasons why Londoners are feeling priced out of their own city. The Mayor should be using every opportunity he has to increase the amount of social housing in London, as that is the best way of putting a brake on run-a-way prices.

Instead, the Mayor is adding fuel to a rising property market by allowing Transport for London to build and sell luxury flats in central London and Earls Court...

...The Mayor is selling the family silver, whilst leaving Londoners without any long term benefit in terms of housing that will stay affordable.

– Darren Johnson, London Assembly Green Party Member


Tube headquarters set for revamp

The overground embodiment of London's Underground Tube network is to undergo a mass transformation, transport bosses will announce today.

The Underground's historic home, 55 Broadway, is to be redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of plans by Transport for London (TfL) to generate more non-fare revenue.

Bosses expect the Grade I listed Westminster building, which has stood for 85 years, to be converted from offices into new retail units and residential space, including some affordable housing.

London fares cap 'little more than electioneering'

While this is welcome news, Londoners will see this move for what it is - electioneering the year before a General Election.

Boris Johnson cannot escape the fact that he pledged to keep fares low, but has now overseen a 40% rise in average travel costs - that's 13% higher than inflation over his six years as Mayor. Bus passengers have suffered in particular, with a 59p rise in the cost of Pay as You Go fares under Boris.

With the Mayor planning to all but vacate City Hall and become an MP in 2015, he is set to leave behind a rotten legacy of above inflation fare rises throughout his Mayoralty. By January commuters in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, for example, will have had to stump up an extra £560 on an annual zone 1-6 travel card since Boris came to power in 2008.

– Val Shawcross, Labour London Assembly member

Tube and fares 'held down' by government funding

This morning I am announcing we will freeze fares across TfL in 2015 on average at RPI rather than RPI + 1% for the second year running.

Whilst we need continually to invest in our transport network, and passengers understand that, it is vital we hold down fares for hard working Londoners wherever we can.

Working with the Chancellor I have secured government funding to cover the cost in full between my decision to cap fares at RPI and TfL's business plan, which set fares at RPI plus 1%.

That means we can hold fares down without compromising one penny of our modernisation programme, delivering a faster, more efficient transport network that reaches more Londoners than ever before.

– Boris Johnson
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