UPDATE: Police working to identify man struck by train

The scene outside Leighton Buzzard station

The scene outside Leighton Buzzard station

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British Transport Police are working to identify the man struck by a train near Leighton Buzzard this morning which had knock-on effects for the rail network.

Trains were delayed throughout this morning following the incident at 6.40am, with services affected on the route between Milton Keynes and London Euston.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “We were called to Leighton Buzzard station at 6.41am on Wednesday, 29 July, to reports of a person being struck by a train.

“Colleagues from Bedfordshire Police and East of England Ambulance Service also attended, but a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious, and officers are now working to identify him and inform his family.

“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

All lines have now reopened between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston/Clapham Junction. However trains between these stations may still be delayed by up to 50 minutes.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “The incident resulted in the temporary suspension of all passenger services, with knock-on delays felt further north in Birmingham, Stafford, Crewe, Manchester and Liverpool.

“Trains began moving slowly past the scene of the incident shortly before 8am.

“Emergency services and Network Rail staff, who arrived on site shortly before 7am, are now working to get things back to normal for customers as soon as possible.”

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Chiltern Railways between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone;

East Midlands Trains between Sheffield and London St Pancras International;

First Great Western between Reading and London Paddington;

First TransPennine Express between Liverpool Lime Street and Leeds;

London Midland on any reasonable route;

Northern Rail between Preston and Leeds and also between Carlisle and Newcastle;

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