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New scheme to help disabled passengers

Thirty railway stations in London are launching a new scheme to help disabled passengers.

The six-month trial, called 'Turn Up and Go', aims to help people who need assistance without them having to book ahead.

Currently support needs to be organised 24 hours before travelling.

"Many disabled Londoners already go by rail without booking assistance but we know that many more would like the extra confidence that catching a train can be a spontaneous decision for them.

Rail services are now far more accessible than ever, and we are committed to continuing to make travel by train an attractive prospect for disabled people."

– David Sindall, Head of Disability & Inclusion for the Rail Delivery Group

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Train stations renamed for Valentines Day

Anyone for London Waterlove? Or how about Cupid Junction?

Passengers in London have been spotting some strange stations popping up on departure boards today - all in the name of getting into the Valentines spirit.

London Waterloo has been given the more romantic title of London Waterloo, while Clapham Junction becomes Cupid Junction for the day.

Have you spotted any others? Tweet us a picture @itvlondon

Warning: leave extra time for coast-bound trip

Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A second day of diversions will be in place on the M20 this morning due to problems at the Channel Tunnel.

Non-freight traffic travelling in the direction of Folkestone and Dover will be diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoin the motorway at Junction 9 (Ashford West).

This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coast-bound carriageway.

Kent Police say drivers should leave more time or find alternative routes as 'Operation Stack' continues.

What is Operation Stack?

Operation Stack is where parts of the M20 are used to queue lorries travelling towards the continent, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent's road network.

It is introduced as an emergency measure.

Mayor met Network Rail bosses earlier

Before tonight's rush-hour, Boris Johnson met executives from Network Rail. He said:

I know Network Rail are very apologetic for any inconvenience and delays passengers have experienced.

This is a vast project which will produce massive benefits for all travellers at and into London Bridge. It involves the total rebuilding of the oldest commuter railway station in the world.

There will inevitably be disruption from these huge improvements, but they have reassured us that they are straining every muscle to keep that disruption to an absolute minimum.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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Disruption expected until 'at least' 10pm

National Rail Enquiries says that the disruption is likely to last until at least 10pm.

Passengers are being allowed to use their tickets on buses between London Bridge and East Croydon, Purley and Caterham, on London Overground and London Underground services on 'reasonable routes' and the Tramlink between Beckenham Junction and East Croydon.

Fourth night of chaos at London Bridge

Commuters are facing a fourth night of disruption at London Bridge station. Signalling problems are a causing delays to all Southern services using the station.

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