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Thousands delayed by fire bringing Central Line to a halt

PUBLISHED: 16:35 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

HUNDREDS of people have been evacuated from Mile End station on the London Underground because of a fire on the track. Emergency fire crews were called this afternoon as the evacuations got under way. The eastbound Central Line was suspended between Bethnal Green and Leytonstone

By Else Kvist

HUNDREDS of passengers were evacuated from Mile End station on the London Underground this afternoon when fire broke out on the Central Line.

Emergency fire crews were called as the evacuations got under way.

Eastbound services heading out through East London were suspended between Bethnal Green and Leytonstone while firefighters put out the blaze on the tracks.

Parts of the Central had only just started running again after services were suspended at lunchtime, when a passenger fell in front of a train at Stratford.

The line has been dogged with incidents over the years. A thousand passengers were led through the tunnel to safety in the summer of 2007 when a train was derailed between Bethnal Green and Mile End, caused by an obstruction on the same section of tunnel as today’s fire.

The whole line was suspended for three months back in 2003 when an under-carriage electric motor crashed onto the track causing a derailment at Chancery Lane, resulting in the entire fleet having to be taken out of service for stringent safety modifications.


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