London 2012: Severe delays hit several vital Olympic routes

Passengers suffered delays on several of London’s most important Olympic routes after a series of problems hit the transport network just a few days before the games begin.

Severe delays affect key Olympic transport routes

Passengers travelling on key Olympic routes endured delays today as a series of problems hit Tube and light railway systems in London.

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Further delays hit Tube services

Tube travellers suffered a series of hold-ups today - just days before the start of the Olympics.

Tube lines hit by rush hour delays

Tube travellers suffered severe delays today with one line closed and another part-suspended.

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Tom Maynard, 23, toured with the England Lions earlier this year

Funeral service for Tom Maynard, cricketer hit by London Underground train

Cricketer Tom Maynard will be laid to rest at a funeral service in Wales today.

London Underground strike called off

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The flag flies half-mast at The Oval yesterday

England players to pay tribute to Maynard at Oval

Black armbands and a minute's silence today at the home ground of deceased young batsman

Crime on London's public transport network falls

Crime on London's public transport network fell last year, new figures show.

Tube signal problems lead to Monday morning travel misery for London commuters

Tube passengers endured further travel misery today, with severe delays on three Underground lines.

Labour reshuffles frontbench team

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Underground Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube, By Andrew Martin

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Talks to be held over Tube action

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Jamie Routley's oil paintings of newspaper seller Tony Lewis

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A newspaper seller is to have his image hung not once but three times in the National Portrait Gallery after a triptych of him was selected for the shortlist of the nation's most prestigious portrait award.

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