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Summary

  1. Charges over climate change train protest
  2. Crossrail 'could be delayed until 2021'
  3. HS2 buys properties worth £600m
  4. Man convicted of moped gang killing
  5. Huge 'concreteberg' blocks London sewers
  6. Updates on Thursday 18 April

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A101 London southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A101 London southbound severe disruption, from A13 to A200.

    A101 London - A101 Rotherhithe Tunnel in Rotherhithe closed and queuing traffic southbound from the A13 junction to the A200 junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A24 London southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A24 London southbound severe accident, from A217 Tooting Broadway to Garratt Terrace.

    A24 London - A24 Tooting High Street in Tooting blocked and queuing traffic southbound from Tooting Broadway Station to the Garratt Terrace junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Delayed police station due to reopen in 2020

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Hammersmith police station

    Hammersmith Police Station is due to reopen in spring 2020, a year later than previously reported.

    The former 1930s Grade II-listed police station in Shepherd’s Bush Road closed in late 2016 to undergo a huge £59 million expansion.

    Improved horse stables will be included in the station, as well as new custody cells, modern offices for its criminal investigation department, and underground parking.

    At this time, a concrete shell of the new building can be seen on the site. Scotland Yard this week confirmed the station’s new opening time.

    Previous reports in trade press from when the project began stated that it would open in early 2019.

    The Met Police confirmed the 2020 reopening date, but would not comment further.

  4. Tube station going step-free

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    CGI of Harrow on the Hill station

    Work is underway at a London Underground station as part of a move towards step-free access for travellers.

    Transport for London announced that “major works” are being carried out at Harrow-on-the-Hill station.

    Teams are putting up new hoardings along platforms five and six, which, it explained, will allow them to start digging the new lift shafts.

    The overall plans will see four new lifts installed at the station, as well as a new bridge that will give level access to the ticket hall.

    Caroline Sheridan, London Underground’s director of renewals and enhancements, said the changes will make a “positive difference” to the thousands of people who use the station regularly.

    She added that extra staff will be in place while the work is carried out, since they will restrict platform space in certain areas.

    Local politicians campaigned for step-free access at Harrow-on-the-Hill and they celebrated when the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, included it in a £200 million transport upgrade-package.

  5. Statues become focus of Dementia Week in London

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Roosevelt and Churchill statue

    The unusual sight of iconic statues of Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill and Mozart draped in yellow scarves decorated with blue Forget Me Not flowers, has greeted many workers and visitors to central London in recent days.

    The “forget me not” scarves appeared on 11 statues in central and west London to mark Dementia Action Week, led by the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Westminster Council, which has nearly 1,800 residents suffering with the degenerative condition, this week decorated several statues, including:

    • The Allies (Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt) in Bond Street
    • Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street
    • The Ballet Dancer in Covent Garden
    • Woman of Samaria, aka the Water Carrier, in Berkeley Square, Mayfair
    • Mozart in Ebury Street, Belgravia
    • King Charles I in Whitehall

    And there are five more in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where the council says 1,500 of its residents have the condition.

    • The Venus fountain, Sloane Square
    • St Volodymyr the Great in Holland Park
    • A Moment of Peril at the Leighton House Museum
    • The Boy with Dolphin by the Albert Bridge
    • The Boy David at Chelsea Embankment

    One in six people in the UK who are aged 80+ have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. And it currently affects some 850,000 people.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 London westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 London westbound severe disruption, before J2 for A4 Great West Road.

    M4 London - One lane closed and delays on M4 westbound before J2, A4 (Brentford), because of a broken down car. Congestion to Chelsea Embankment via the A4 and the A3220 Warwick Road.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. Today's photo of London

    BBC London News

    Shard

    We used this wonderful photo by Jason Hawkes of the city's skyline as our banner, but we want a new picture every day to show off the capital.

    Have you taken a photo of your part of London which you think would be suitable? If so, email it in high resolution (2048 x 1152 or 1680 x 945) to london.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

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    Severe disruption: A110 London westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A110 London westbound severe disruption, at Scotland Green Road.

    A110 London - A110 Nags Head Road in Ponders End closed and slow traffic westbound at the Scotland Green Road junction, because of an incident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Afternoon weather: Sunshine but patchy cloud

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will have some sunshine but patchy cloud will tend to develop, bringing a scattering of showers.

    Gentle north-westerly breezes. Maximum temperature: 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F)