Closed Hammersmith flyover causes disruption

There were five-mile tailbacks heading out of London on Friday and two-mile queues going to the city 

Motorists are facing disruption following the closure of a key flyover in west London.

The Hammersmith flyover, which carries traffic from the M4 and A4, was shut on Friday after structural defects requiring urgent repairs were spotted.

There are queues for a mile heading westbound from the flyover to North End Road and minor queues on the eastbound approaches, Transport for London said.

The flyover is expected to remain shut until at least early January.

BBC London Travel reporter Billy Reeves said the traffic on the A4 was moving slower than normal and there was a diversion through Hammersmith Gyratory but people were being advised to use the A40 through Acton as an alternative.

Boxing Day matches 

Motorists faced severe disruption on Friday with five-mile tailbacks heading out of London and two-mile queues heading into the city.

Severe delays were reported in Chelsea, Kensington, Fulham, Hammersmith, Chiswick, Mortlake, Barnes and Putney and traffic was stretching back along the River Thames to the Albert Bridge.

Football fans heading to the Boxing Day matches - Chelsea v Fulham and Brentford v Bournemouth - could face problems as most trains will not be operating and there is a 24-hour Tube strike on the same day.

Chelsea Football Club warned fans about the flyover closure and asked them to plan their routes carefully.