East Coast rail services disrupted after body found

Services on the East Coast Main Line were badly disrupted after a person was struck by a train.

Major delays were reported between Doncaster and London King's Cross after the incident on Wednesday afternoon at Grantham, Lincolnshire.

East Coast, First Hull Trains and Grand Central services through the area were affected, with disruption expected to last into Thursday morning.

Police confirmed a body had been found on the line near Grantham station.


A spokesman for train operator East Coast said: "We can confirm that a person was hit by an East Coast train at around 4pm this afternoon at a location just north of Grantham.

"The train is currently being held at the location by the British Transport Police. As a result the line is closed in both directions: the location is a two-track stretch of line with no diversionary route available."

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "Officers were called to the line close to Grantham after a report that a person had been struck by a train.

"Inquiries have begun to establish the identity of the body and the circumstances leading up to the death."

A passenger at Retford said they had been at a standstill for more than an hour and were being served refreshments by staff.

Other operators are accepting East Coast tickets for journeys between London and the North, including East Midlands Trains from London St Pancras and Virgin Trains via London Euston.

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