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    Severe accident: A40 London eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A40 London eastbound severe accident, from A437 Long Lane to A4180 West End Road.

    A40 London - A40 Western Avenue in Hillingdon closed and queues eastbound from Hillingdon Circus to Polish War Memorial, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A23 London northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A23 London northbound severe accident, from Drury Crescent to Trafalgar Way.

    A23 London - A23 Purley Way in Beddington closed and queues northbound from the Drury Crescent junction to the Trafalgar Way junction, because of an accident.

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

  3. Felled trees akin to 'fires in Amazon'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Bexley residents have compared the council removing a swathe of trees to fires tearing through the Amazon rainforest.

    Trees cut down in Bexley

    Lorraine Sheen, who has lived adjacent to the River Shuttle in Sidcup since 1964, said she was “devastated” to see Bexley council undertaking tree clearing work near her home this week.

    “It is like the fires in the Amazon,” she said. “It’s vandalism…the wildlife that is now gone, the trees that are never going to recover."

    She added the vegetation acted as important cover for local wildlife such as kingfishers and hedgehogs, as well as adding much-valued privacy for residents along the road.

    A spokesperson for the council said the tree clearing work on Berwick Crescent, Sidcup, was “essential and proactive work being carried out…to remove and prune trees that are potentially dangerous or are growing in unsuitable locations."

    The council added that, following discussions with residents, additional trees would be planted at the site next year.

    However, Mrs Sheen claimed the change in plans was due to the council “realising they’ve made a mistake”.

  4. Victorian bathouse upgrade will cost an extra £1.7m

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Restoring the Victorian Ladywell Playtower in Lewisham will cost an extra £1.7 million.

    The “significant” rise in costs comes after surveyors found an array of unforeseen issues such as rotting timber and asbestos.

    New structural support, basement waterproofing, water and electric upgrades, and repairing brick work, drains and roof coverings will also add to the cost.

    Originally it was estimated the restoration of the Grade II listed Playtower, built as a public swimming baths in 1884, would cost £4.5 million but that figure has now risen to £6.2 million.

    Developer Guildmore, in partnership with Curzon Cinemas, bought the years-derelict Playtower in 2017.

    Plans for the site originally included a nursery and step-down care facility but this was dropped after few residents showed support for it.

    The space will now be used for extra flats – 33 up from from the initial 21 – which the council says will mitigate the extra costs.

    Councillors approved the changes at Mayor and Cabinet last night, as well as an offer from Curzon to give discounted cinema tickets to Lewisham Local Card holders, which rewards local volunteers.

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    Severe accident: A222 London both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A222 London both ways severe accident, between Groveland Road and Gowland Place.

    A222 London - A222 Croydon Road in Beckenham blocked in both directions between the Groveland Road junction and the Gowland Place junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via London Bus Routes 54,194 and 358.

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

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    Severe disruption: A5100 London both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5100 London both ways severe disruption, from Rectory Lane to Edgwarebury Lane.

    A5100 London - A5100 Station Road in Edgware closed and queues in both directions from the Rectory Lane junction to the Edgwarebury Lane junction, because of a gas leak. Diversion in operation - for bus services 186 221 240 288 292.

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

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    Severe disruption: A12 London northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A12 London northbound severe disruption, at Bow Interchange.

    A12 London - One lane blocked on A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach northbound in Bow at Bow Interchange, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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