Swan blocks train line between Portsmouth and Brighton 

The swan pictured on the Southern railway line, between Worthing and Brighton. Picture: Twitter user @martin466004
The swan pictured on the Southern railway line, between Worthing and Brighton. Picture: Twitter user @martin466004

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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