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Person killed after being hit by Central Line train

British Transport Police have confirmed a person has died after being hit by a Central Line train at Stratford this afternoon.

Officers were called to Stratford Underground station after reports a person had been struck by a westbound train around 4.15pm.

Despite the efforts of medics, the person was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious and are working to identify the person.

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Central line chaos for commuters

It took four days, but four days in, the fears about the fragility of London's public transport network came true.

One of the key tube lines to reach the Olympic Park here was suspended for hours this morning, the delays hitting spectators and commuters alike.

It was the first real test for Londoners still working in the city while the Games go on. It comes as more and more businesses are complaining that the Olympics has actually caused a big fall in trade. Our Olympics Correspondent Simon Harris on the faliure on the Central Line.

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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