Diss rail commuters delayed after person struck by train

Greater Anglia train at Diss railway station. Picture: Andrew Martin.
Greater Anglia train at Diss railway station. Picture: Andrew Martin.

Rail commuters in Diss found themselves facing delays of up to 70 minutes yesterday evening – after a person was struck by a train in Ingatestone.

Greater Anglia said services were heavily disrupted, including on the Norwich to London Liverpool Street line, following the incident in the Essex village at about 4.15pm.

Officers from British Transport Police were called at 4.35pm to the line close to Ingatestone railway station.

A spokesperson said: “Officers attended alongside paramedics. Sadly the person was pronounced dead at the scene and the incident is currently being treated as unexplained.”

Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish the nature of the incident.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “The line from London to Norwich was closed while the air ambulance and police were in attendance. The line reopened at 6.15pm and train services were back to normal by 8.15pm.

“All the last trains ran and we put on extra stops at Ingatestone and Shenfield. We ran buses from Witham, on the Braintree line, and from Ipswich and Norwich.

“We apologise for the disruption and encourage anyone affected to claim delay repay compensation via our website.”

Commuters affected by delays can apply for Greater Anglia’s delay repay policy at www.greateranglia.co.uk/about-us/our-performance/delay-repay.