Person hit by a train between Barnham and Chichester

Southern Rail has reported, 'with great sadness', a person has been hit by a train between Barnham and Chichester.

Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised until 'approximately 5.30pm'.

"All lines are blocked between these stations whilst the emergency services work to deal with this incident," a Southern Railway statement read.

"All lines between Barnham and Chichester are shut and trains are not running in either direction between these stations.

"You will need to complete any journeys in this area using an alternative route at this time.

"If you are currently on-board a service that has come to a stand in this area, please remain on-board and await further updates from our train crew."

Southern said Network Rail and the emergency services are working to deal with this incident as 'quickly, sensitively and safety as possible'.

A spokesperson for the rail operator added: "Until this task is completed, it will not be possible to run trains in the affected area. If you've been affected by what happened on the network today, there is always someone to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat."

UPDATE: Southern Rail have confirmed that emergency services are now clear of the site and lines have reopened. Trains will now be able to run through the area, however it will take some time to restore the service to the advertised timetable.

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