Train delays on routes from Norfolk to London after two deaths on two different lines

Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service run by Abellio.  Photo: Bill Smith Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service run by Abellio. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
11:49 AM

There is some disruption to train services from Norfolk to London today, after two separate incidents in which someone was hit by a train.

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Services on the Norwich to London line have been delayed due to a person being hit by a train Ilford, while the King’s Lynn to London line has also been affected after a person was hit by a train at Hatfield.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to Ilford station on Wednesday, March 19 after a report that a person had been struck by a train.

“Officers from BTP and the Metropolitan Police Service attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 9.23am.

“Medics from the London Ambulance Service also attended but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the person and inform their family.”

A spokeswoman for Abellio Greater Anglia said the incident at Ilford had happened on its Metro route between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, which is the route that main line trains from Norwich go through on their way into London.

She said: “Two of the lines have reopened but there are still some delays, alterations and cancellations to services. We are working to restore services as quickly as possible.”

Commenting on the Hatfield incident, a British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said: “BTP officers were called to the line close to Hatfield station on Wednesday, March 19, after a report that a man had been struck by a train.

“Officers from BTP and Hertfordshire Constabulary attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 8.11am.

“Medics from the East of England Ambulance Service also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the man and inform his family.”

The line was handed back to Network Rail at 9.20am.

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