Swan blocks train line between Portsmouth and BrightonÂ

RAIL passengers travelling between Portsmouth and Brighton are facing delays because of a swan on the line.

Monday, 29th October 2018, 12:46 pm
Updated Monday, 29th October 2018, 1:50 pm
The swan pictured on the Southern railway line, between Worthing and Brighton. Picture: Twitter user @martin466004

The bird, pictured, had to be taken on board a West Sussex-bound Southern train after it stepped on to the tracks close to the station at Shoreham-by-Sea.

Network Rail staff and the driver of the train helped to usher the swan away from danger and will now '˜take it to safety'. 

Passengers are facing a wait after the incident, which reportedly led to power needing to be switched off to allow a safe recovery. 

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The Twitter account Sussex Incidents said: '˜Trains delays between #Worthing and #Brighton due to a swan on the tracks at #Shoreham bridge, power had to be cut whilst the @SouthernRailUK driver &  @networkrail managed to get the swan on board the train and will take it to safety #SNUpdates #swan.' 

It comes as disruption is expected on the line because of an earlier signalling fault between Hove and Brighton.

Passengers travelling to Brighton from Portsmouth pass through Worthing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Hove. 


A rail worker ushering the swan off the line. Picture: Twitter user @martin466004