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London travel news LIVE: Overground trains halted by Denmark Hill points failure causing travel disruption

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London Overground trains are unable to run between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction due to a points failure at Denmark Hill, causing major disruption for commuters this afternoon.

The issue also sparked chaos on Southeastern between London Victoria and Gillingham and Thameslink between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks.

Transport chiefs warn the delays of up to 20 minutes or cancellations are expected to continue until the end of the day.

It comes after the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines were hit by delays due to a faulty train at King’s Cross St. Pancras.

On the roads, the M25 clockwise (northbound) entry slip at J11 has reopened following an earlier vehicle fire.

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Thameslink disruption expected until tomorrow morning

A shortage of train crew is causing disruption to various routes across the Thameslink network and train services may be cancelled, National Rail has warned.

Disruption is is expected from approximately 11pm tonight through until 7am tomorrow.

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There are minor delays on the Northern Line due to a points failure at Mornington Crescent, according to TfL.

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Commuters are facing minor delays on the Circle Line due to train cancellations.

Trains unable to run on section of Overground due to points failure

There is no service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction on the London Overground while Transport for London fix a points failure at Denmark Hill.

There is a good service on the rest of the London Overground network.

Underground hit by delays due to faulty train at King's Cross St. Pancras

There are minor delays on the Circle Line (anticlockwise), Hammersmith and City Line (westbound), and between Baker Street and Aldgate due to an earlier faulty train at King's Cross St. Pancras.

Disruption between Clapham Junction and Dalston Junction expected until 3pm

A points failure at Denmark Hill is causing delays of up to 20 minutes or cancellations for trains between Clapham Junction and Dalston Junction. Disruption is expected until 3pm.

London Overground part suspended

There is currently no service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction due to a points failure at Denmark Hill.

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Lane closures and temporary signals are in place on Putney High Street at the junction of Putney Bridge Road for signal upgrade works.

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Map reveals where new rail routes could be introduced across the UK

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More frequent and new rail services could be on the way, as independent operators roll out plans to launch extra trains around the country.

Stirling in Scotland and Carmarthen in Wales could be some of the first places to have direct links to London after proposals from prospective open-access company Grand Union Trains (GUT).

It is one of several operators to give rail travel a boost and offer low fares on already expensive routes.

They are backed by the UK government , which says the rise of open access gives customers more choice and increases passenger numbers.

Rail minister Huw Merriman said: ‘It’s not just a question of us having rail operators compete with each other.

‘There’s an opportunity for rail to take passengers that may otherwise fly or indeed drive.

‘Open access is such a positive.’

Map showing the new rail routes that could come in the future.

Mr Merriman added: ‘There’s no industrial action on open-access operators, perhaps because it’s a fresher way of working with the workforce rather than on an old rule book basis.’

During recent rail strikes, companies like Lumo and Grand Central have been able to continue running services due to their separate status.

GUT is also consulting on a possible service between Edinburgh and Cardiff. There is currently no direct route connecting the Scottish and Welsh capitals.

Other would-be open-access operators include Go-Op, which aims to run services between Taunton and both Weston-super-Mare and Swindon, and Wrexham, Shropshire & Midlands Railway, which hopes to create a route between London Euston and Wrexham.

Lumo also plans to extend its route between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh to reach Glasgow, while FirstGroup wants to launch a service between the same London terminus and Sheffield.

What is an open-access rail operator?

Most of the major rail operators in the UK are either owned or paid management fees by the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments.

LNER, Scotrail, CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast and many, many others fall into this category.

But the tracks can also be used by open-access operators, which set their own fares, take full commercial risk, and don’t receive any taxpayer-funded subsidies.

They include companies like Lumo, Grand Central, Heathrow Express, Eurostar and Hull Trains – with several more due to spring up soon.

Proponents say the availability of these other options increases competition which drives down fares.

But critics argue that the companies are simply taking advantage of a ‘false economy’, and it would be better for passengers if the large operators just simplified their timetables.

Grand Central managing director Ian Yeowart said: ‘It’s not only good for passengers – as whether (the operators) survive depends on how good they are and what their customers think – but there are no handouts from the government.

‘Like every other business, if people don’t like it and don’t come, it won’t survive.’

But Gareth Dennis, an engineer who writes about the rail industry, said open-access services should not be permitted in the UK because of the complexity of fitting the trains into already crammed timetables.

He said: ‘The argument on the Continent for open access operators is that they provide competition, but there’s no meaningful competition on a rail network that’s as saturated as ours.

‘What you need is a simple, repetitive timetable that moves huge numbers of people.’

Mr Dennis argued that the operators could charge lower fares because they use depots that exist for other companies and can recruit staff that had been trained already rather than training their own.

He added: ‘It’s a false economy really.’

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Gareth southgate's side start their euro 2024 campaign as favourites despite defensive concerns.

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England start their Euro 2024 campaign in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday against Serbia, hoping to go one better than the final they reached three years ago.

Gareth Southgate’s side have all the attacking tools they need to go all the way in Germany, but defensive concerns have dogged the pre-tournament chat .

Meanwhile Serbia, led by former Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, come into the tournament off a 3-0 win over Sweden and have some big names across the pitch .

Here’s everything you need to know about England’s first game of Euro 2024.

What time does England vs Serbia kick off?

England vs Serbia will kick off at 8pm BST on Sunday 16 June, the third game of the day after Poland vs the Netherlands (2pm) and Slovenia vs Denmark (5pm).

England are in Group C, alongside Serbia, Denmark and Slovenia, and their second game kicks off four days later in Frankfurt.

England vs Serbia TV channel and live stream

The first game of England’s Euro 2024 campaign will be aired on BBC One and BBC iPlayer , available to anyone who has a BBC account.

Coverage of the game starts from 7pm BST , one hour before kick-off. Gary Lineker will present the coverage, while viewers can also expect to hear from ex-England stars Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, who are among the BBC’s pundits for this tournament.

Guy Mowbray and Alan Shearer will be in the gantry as commentator and co-commentator.

England vs Serbia team news and talking points

England’s biggest issues are in defence. While Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is back in team training after a long injury absence, he is not at full speed yet and will not start against Serbia.

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This means natural right-back Kieran Trippier will fill in down the left, next to an expected centre-back pairing of John Stones and Marc Guehi.

Stones has recovered from a knock he picked up in the 1-0 pre-tournament defeat to Iceland but spent Wednesday in isolation with a sickness bug.

But he has recovered from this and returned to training on Thursday, indicating he should be fine to start against Serbia.

There is better news further forward for England, with their attacking corps appearing to be at full strength.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been handed the No 8 shirt and is expected to start next to Declan Rice.

Bukayo Saka has seemingly shaken off a groin injury so should be prepared to start on the right, with Phil Foden likely operating down the left.

In the centre, Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham will have captain Harry Kane ahead of him.

And Serbia appear to be at full strength, with Mitrovic expected to be joined by Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic up front.

In midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is joined by Fulham powerhouse Sasa Lukic, although there are less recognisable names in defence.

Former Southampton and Ajax attacking midfielder Dusan Tadic, now 35 and at Fenerbahce, is captain and likely to start behind the strike partnership.

Tadic remains one of just 16 players to have received a 10/10 rating from French newspaper L’Equipe , for his performance in the Champions League with Ajax against Real Madrid in 2019.

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