There was ‘major disruption’ on the railway network in Surrey after a person was hit by a train today (Thursday, April 21). Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident, which took place between Epsom and Leatherhead.
South Western Railway and Southern Rail services were cancelled and diverted in the area. Disruptions lasted until around 6.15pm.
At the time of the incident, a South Western Railway spokesperson said: “We have received reports that a person has been struck by a train between Worcester Park and Leatherhead. Our response teams are working with the emergency services to assist with the incident. In order to allow emergency services access to the railway all power to the track will need to be switched off in the affected area.”
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A Southern Rail spokesperson said: “There is severe disruption and Southern are unable to run via Epsom, Leatherhead and Dorking. You will need to use an alternative route to complete your journey between these stations.
“Southern are working to put as many shuttle services as possible in place between Horsham and Dorking, and between Epsom and London but there will still be fewer trains running on these routes.”
A National Rail spokesperson added: “The emergency services are dealing with an incident between Epsom and Leatherhead. So they can safely do their work, all lines are closed. Trains may be cancelled or revised. Major disruption is expected until 7pm.”
Inrix, the traffic data company, also said: “Service suspended on South Western Railway between Motspur Park and Leatherhead due to emergency services dealing with an incident. Trains between London Waterloo and Guildford via Epsom will be diverted via Cobham. Trains between London Waterloo and Dorking will be diverted and run between London Waterloo and Hampton Court.”
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