Updated: Delays on Norwich to London line after reports man hit by train

PUBLISHED: 08:04 11 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:40 11 September 2012

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

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Rail passengers on the Norwich to London line have been facing delays today following reports that a man had been hit by a train.

British Transport Police were called to investigate a report that a man had been struck on the rail line at Brentwood shortly before 7am but this was found not to be the case.

Lines in the area were closed while officers carried out a search, but all were re-opened by 7.40am.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said they had been some delays but normal services were resumed by 10.30am.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “Train services in the Brentwood area were delayed from 6.45am this morning while the British Transport Police investigated reports of a person being struck by a train. All lines in the area were reopened from 07.40.

“We worked with Network Rail to restore full services as quickly as possible and apologise to passengers for the inconvenience caused.”

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to Brentwood station on Tuesday, 11 September following a report of a man being struck by a train.

“BTP and Essex Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 6.40am, and carried out a search of the track but no one was found.

“Officers established shortly after that the local man in his fifties left the scene uninjured and made his way home.

“He has since been detained by officers under the Mental Health Act and taken to a local hospital for assessment.”

The police spokesman said the train involved had been the 6.12am Liverpool Street to Braintree service.

Since last Wednesday three people have died after being hit by trains on the Norwich to London train route.

A man died after being struck by a train at Bentley, south-west of Ipswich, on Friday.

Men were hit by trains and died on both Wednesday and Thursday last week in Newton Flotman, about six miles south of Norwich.

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