Line reopens after a woman is hit by a train

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SERVICES between Portsmouth and London are running again after a woman was struck by a train.

The line was closed for around two hours this morning when a woman died after being hit by the 7.30am South West Trains service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth.

The incident happened near Liss at just after 8.30am.

A spokesman for Stagecoach, which is running replacement bus services, said the line has reopened, but will cause disruption to services for the rest of the morning.

Buses are replacing trains between Havant and Haslemere and the Portsmouth Harbour to and from London Waterloo will be going via Eastleigh.

Passengers are being warned they face delays of up to 50 minutes.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers were at the scene along with South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary.

A BTP spokesman said: ‘BTP and Hampshire Constabulary officers were called to the rail line near Liss common level today after a woman was struck by a train.

‘Medics from the South Central Ambulance Service also attended, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘The incident was reported to BTP at 8.38am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.’

A South West Trains spokesman said passengers are facing delays of up to 50 minutes.

They said: ‘A person has been hit by a train at a foot-crossing near Liss.

‘Our first thoughts are for the person involved.

‘Emergency services are on site dealing with the incident.

‘There are currently delays of up to 50 minutes between Havant and Guildford and trains may be diverted via Eastleigh.

‘We are working with the emergency services to resume normal train services as soon as possible.’

For more information visit southwesttrains.co.uk or call 0871 200 49 50.