Trains services disrupted after man, 62, dies on line

COMMUTERS suffered delays when a man was struck by a train and killed yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Southern train services were subject to delays and cancellations after the man was hit by the 06.49 Hastings to Victoria train between Polegate and Berwick stations. The incident happened at around 7.50am and led to replacement bus services running.

The body of a 62-year-old man from Heathfield was later found at the Folkington overbridge.

A spokesperson for Southern, who issued a statement an hour-and-a-half after the fatality occurred, said , “All lines were blocked and we were unable to run between Eastbourne and Lewes in both directions. British Transport Police attended the scene along with Network Rail staff.

“While the lines were blocked and the situation was being assessed, replacement buses were running between Eastbourne and Lewes.

“At 09.25, the all-clear was given and the electricity supply was restored. We hope to have services running again shortly.”

A spokesperson for British Transport Police (BTP) said shortly after 8am officers responded to reports of an incident, adding, “BTP officers and paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended and the body of a man, believed to be 62 and from Heathfield, was found on the track at Folkington overbridge off the A27.

“The train involved was the 06.49 Hastings to London Victoria service.

“This death is being treated as non-suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner. The line was clear and handed back to Network Rail at 9am.”