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Central Line now back after smoke brings services to a halt

The Central Line was brought to a halt throughout the morning rush hour Credit: ITV News

Thousands of commuters and Olympic spectators were hit this morning when the Central Line was put out of action across east London during the whole of rush hour.

Services were suspended for three hours between Liverpool Street and Woodford, leaving passengers stranded at Bethnal Green and Stratford.

A driver reported smelling smoke on a train as it pulled into Leyton, one stop north of Stratford.

Meanwhile, the RMT transport union called for an immediate investigation into "the real impact of cuts to fleet maintenance schedules" following the incident.

The union said it was emerging that the likely cause of today's problem was defective brakes seizing up.

Problems on the Central Line continue

Central Line services are suspended after a fire alert Credit: ITV News

Waiting passengers at Stratford are now being told the Central Line will not re-open for at least an hour.

A fire alert means services are suspended on a key section of the line which serves the Olympic Park station.

TfL is advising Olympic spectators to use other Tube and main line services to reach Stratford, including the Underground's Jubilee line, the London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway.

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Misleading sign at Stratford station

Misleading sign at Stratford station Credit: ITV News

A misleading sign has been spotted at Stratford station. According to a police officer the train to West Ruislip has been "4 Mins" away for more than an hour.

It comes after tube trains to the Olympic Park were suspended this morning.

Spectators travelling to Stratford on the Central line at around 7am were told all services were terminating at Liverpool Street due to an incident at Leyton.

Olympic Park tube trains suspended

Tube trains to the Olympic Park were suspended this morning.

Spectators travelling to Stratford on the Central line at around 7am were told all services were terminating at Liverpool Street due to an incident at Leyton.

A defective train westbound is awaiting the arrival of the London Fire Brigade.

Station announcers at Bank reported a fire on board the train.

Tube line commuter Olympic warning

Regular commuters and spectators are urged to plan ahead at GetAheadoftheGames.com Credit: Reuters

Londoners are being warned that the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines will be expectionally busy during today's evening peak.

Thousands of spectators will be heading to Wembley stadium to see Great Britain take on Brazil in the women's football.

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Tube and DLR delays

There were severe delays around lunchtime on the Tube's Hammersmith & City line between Moorgate and Barking due to an earlier signal failure at Bromley-By-Bow in east London.

This signal failure also led to minor delays on the Underground's District line.

Also, the Docklands Light Railway was suspended for a time mid-day between Deptford Bridge and Lewisham due to a suspect vehicle at Lewisham in south-east London.

Fans angry at crowded trains

Passengers faced crowded and uncomfortable journeys today after a service taking hundreds of fans to the Olympic football was so busy they could not get through the doors.

Just two Virgin Trains services, both full, left London this morning in time for the noon kick-off between Egypt and New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester.

But many Brazilians heeding official advice to allow plenty of time to get to their 3pm kick off against Belarus turned up earlier than the train firm expected, leaving fans unable to board the first service at Milton Keynes Central.

London Bridge to be partially closed for Monday's rush hour

London Bridge station. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

London Bridge station will be partially closed throughout the evening rush-hour on Monday night, because of the Olympics.

Network Rail is expecting the station to have its busiest day ever, with an extra 70,000 passengers travelling through it to an Equestrian event at Greenwich Park.

In order to prevent overcrowding, platforms one to six will be exit only between the hours of 6pm and 10pm.

Passengers travelling with First Capital Connect (FCC) and Southeastern are advised to use alternative stations, such as Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Blackfriars.

FCC customer service director Keith Jipps said: "London Bridge is best avoided throughout the Olympics because it will be exceptionally busy, but on Monday evening our customers will not be able to get on to the platforms we use."

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