Kings Cross live: Severe delays continue on London trains after police dealt with ‘suspicious item’ at station

A number of trains have been canceled or delayed this evening (Thursday 24 November) after emergency services dealt with a suspicious package at North London station.

British Transport Police (BTP) rushed to the scene at New Southgate station just before 2pm after reports of a suspicious package. A 50-metre exclusion zone was created, covering the train lines, which prevented trains from passing through in the afternoon.

Great Northern and Thameslink trains were suspended between Finsbury Park and Stevenage, causing delays for the rest of the line. Lines reopened after the accident, which were abandoned.

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The full statement from the BTP read: “Officers were called to New Southgate station at 1.51pm following reports of a suspicious item. Specialist officers are currently on site to assess the item.”

Delays continue as staff work to get trains back on schedule. National Rail is warning passengers that they may face short rotation and cancellation notice.

A post on their website says: “Lines have reopened after emergency services dealing with an incident between London Kings Cross and Stevenage. As the service returns to normal, trains running between these stations may be canceled or delayed by up to 45 minutes.

“Following the early closure of the line between Finsbury Park and Stevenage means there are disruptions to many services on the GTR network, both in north and south London. Please check station screens and journey planners for the latest train information as there could be cancellations and modifications at short notice .”

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Other services affected include: Grand Central, Hull Trains, LNER and Lumo. There will be a reduced service between London Kings Cross and Peterborough/Cambridge.

Some Thameslink south London services were also affected due to the number of trains involved in the outage earlier. National Rail says tickets are accepted on alternative routes.

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