Severe delays and road blocked due to overturned lorry on M40 Southbound before J6 B4009 (Watlington), congestion on M40 to J9 A34 / A41 (Bicester). All southbound traffic is being held. A lorry carrying frozen offal crossed over the central reservation at 12:30. The northbound carriageway is closed between J6 and J7, and there is a diversion in place via A40.
There is major disruption on the railways for travellers following heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight. More downpours are expected.Read the full story ›
Hampshire Roads Policing Unit say that the Haslar Bridge in Gosport is closed in the direction heading out of town. The inbound route remans open. Southern Electric are working on the problem.
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Train companies could be fined if services are more than a minute late under new Government rules to cut delays.
At the moment commuter services are allowed to be five minutes behind schedule before they are classed as late and companies are penalised. It is ten minutes for long distance services.
The new measure is one of a number aimed at getting more trains on time.
Currently around 90 per cent of services are classed as being on time to within the five or ten minute rule. But the figure is just 65 per cent when measured to within a minute and it that the Government say the new rules will be aimed at addressing.
The ongoing dispute between the rail operator Southern and its guards over changes to their role has led to another 24-hour strike this week.
Our political correspondent Phil Hornby, who experienced some of the disruption himself this week, interviewed the Rail Minister Claire Perry and asked her if the Government will step in to resolve the dispute between Southern and the unions - or strip the operator, Govia Thameslink Trains, of its franchise.
There are calls for the Government to intervene in the ongoing row between the rail operator Southern and its staff.
The calls for action comes as guards have walked out again in a dispute over driver-only operated trains. Thousands of passengers have had their journeys disrupted with services being cancelled or reduced. But the Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, has said she does not think it is the Government's job to step in. She has called for an end to the dispute.
The Campaign for Better Transport wrote to the Minister for Rail, Claire Perry MP, and urged her to take action over what the organisation called 'the failing Southern Rail franchise'.
“The ongoing problems with Govia Thameslink need to be urgently addressed. Passengers have now endured many months of cancellations and delays, so it is an outrage that the Government recently amended their franchise agreement to allow even more cancellations.
“The Department for Transport must take urgent action to restore public confidence in the franchise, to ensure passengers receive greatly improved services and appropriate compensation, to enforce franchise commitments, and to agree mechanisms so performance levels do not fall to such levels again. When train operators let down passengers, it is only right that they face penalties.”
Part of the M4 through Berkshire won't re-open until tomorrow morning after a lorry crash, which killed its driver.
A number of major roads across the Thames Valley have been at a standstill all day, with drivers caught in miles of tailbacks.
The lorry, carrying engine parts, crashed into the central reservation between junction 12 for Theale and junction11 for Reading, just before 5am. The eastbound carriageway - has been closed all day, with drivers diverted through Wiltshire, North Hampshire and Oxfordshire.
Reading town centre remains gridlocked this evening - several hours after the accident. Mel Bloor has our report.
The M4 eastbound remains closed between junction 13 (Chieveley) and junction 11 (Reading) after a lorry overturned at 5am this morning.
The outside lane on the westbound side of the M4 in the area also remains closed. Highways England said the accident recovery of the vehicle could take a long time.
The carriageway will have to be resurfaced before it can be used by traffic again because a lot of oil has leaked onto the road.
The recovery team includes workers and contractors from Highways England and Thames Valley Police. Motorists are being advised to delay their journeys if they can.
Highways England provides live traffic information. A diversion is in place via the A34, A303 and M3. Drivers heading to London can also use the northbound A34 and M40 route.
The police confirmed that the lorry driver died in the incident, and his next of kin have been informed.
Rail services have been suspended on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Twickenham, between London Waterloo and Ascot and between London Waterloo and Hounslow due to a lineside fire discovered earlier this morning at Vauxhall.
This is expected to continue until later this morning. A limited commuter service is in operation to and from London Waterloo, however passengers are advised not to travel into Waterloo unless it is absolutely necessary.