East London commuters faced disruption on Monday as snow affected power supplies to tube and rail

Delays at London Bridge. Pic: Ellie Slee

Yesterday saw widespread disruption on the transport network in Eastlondonlines boroughs as snow covered the capital. Below is our live-blog that was updated throughout the day:


After two days ripe for tobogganing, regular travel in the capital has been left struggling. There were multiple delays on the Tube this morning, with Chancery Lane station even closed due a lack of staff.

Eastlondonlines liveblogged the travel updates as rush hour got under way. Our reporters faced confusion and unannounced changes to their routes: you can read our full blog below.

If you would like to keep sending us your snow pictures, you can using the hashtag #snowELL.


No delays reported on the Overground this evening.


With rush hour theoretically coming to a close, we are also going to be drawing this travel blog to a close.

If you are unfortunate enough to be caught up in delayed train services, you can check live TfL updates here.

For any national rail service updates, you can check here.

London Bridge and the overground system seem to be particularly struggling, so do check if you plan to use either today.

Keep tweeting us your snow pictures at #snowELL and beware of the ice for the rest of today – it is probably going to be around for a while!


Our reporter Ellie Slee is at London Bridge and has confirmed that all trains from London Bridge to New Cross are delayed.


Apparently heading in the opposite direction to most commuters seems to be the trick:



Our reporter Laura Liszewski sends us this from London Bridge:

[quote by=”Laura Lszewski”]Major delays at London bridge. I will be late to say the least…[/quote]


TfL aren’t reporting any more bus alerts, though the overground remains suspended between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction and between Willesden Junction and Richmond.


The trains seem to have been hit the hardest by the snow, with both the overground and national services disrupted:



Confusion seems to be reigning at New Cross Gate overground station:



Only primary and secondary roads are salted by the gritters, so any side roads are likely to remain icy for the day.

An interesting fact, however, is that TfL have 89,000 tonnes of grit stockpiled for these conditions and there is another 27,000 tonnes available from the Strategic Salt Reserve should supplies get low.


Sophie Robinson-Tillett is experiencing first hand the delays on the overground and sends us this picture of a snowy Stamford Hill:

Pic: Sophie Robinson-Tillett


One of our reporters is travelling in from Kent and has discovered that his train isn’t stopping where he expected this morning – a situation which is likely to be repeated across the network until the weather abates!



Our reporter Sarah Howell is travelling from north London:



The overground is still part suspended and the Bakerloo and Metropolitan lines are both experiencing severe delays this morning.



Bad weather is affecting elsewhere on the rails, with all routes on Southeastern and Greater Anglia disrupted due to the weather.

First Capital Connect is also disrupted between King’s Cross and Cambridge due to a bridge strike at Baldock.


The Met Office have ice warnings in place for London roads all day today – you can view the latest warnings and weather forecast here.


Travel may be more difficult than usual today, but at least there are some novel sights to see along the way:



TfL are reporting that several bus routes in Hackney are experiencing diversions due to a breakdown:



Southern are informing commuters that trains across their network may be delayed by up to 60 minutes this morning. If you are travelling by train, you can check status updates here.


Our reporter Alan Dymock is travelling from London Bridge this morning and says the situation seems little different from normal:



Despite a valiant effort to keep the overground open and functioning during rush hour on Friday afternoon, TfL have been forced to suspend parts of the service this morning.

There is currently no overground service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction, and between Willesden Junction and Richmond. The London Underground is accepting tickets for alternative routes.

There are also minor delays between Highbury and Islington and New Cross/West Croydon/Crystal Palace.

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