Train disruption: Thameslink and East Midlands Railways warn of delays after person hit by train between Luton and Bedford

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There are rail delays this morning after a person died on the track between Luton and Bedford.

National Rail confirmed that there was major disruption to some Thameslink and East Midlands Railway service following the fatal accident. Thameslink said in an update: ”It is with great sadness that we report a person has been hit by a train between Luton and Bedford. All lines through the area are blocked between these stations whilst the emergency services work to deal with this incident.”

Thameslink services affected by the incident include those between Bedford and Three Bridges/Brighton/East Grinstead/Horsham/Haywards Heath, while East Midlands Railways services between Bedford/Corby/Nottingham/Sheffield and London St Pancras International.

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According to National Rail, disruption is expected until 12pm. East Midlands Railways said: “There will be reduced trains and alterations to our services between Bedford and Luton, 2 of the 4 lines are closed, trains that can run through will be delayed up to 60 minutes. “Our trains on the Corby/Luton Airport Parkway/London St Pancras International route will be suspended, until all of the lines have re opened.”

Thameslink added: “As mentioned earlier, services between Luton and Bedford are experiencing delays and cancellations. You can continue to use your normal route, however services are currently unable to call at Leagrave. We estimate you will need to allow and additional 30 minutes to complete your journey this morning.”

Information on alternative routes and ticket acceptance is available on the National Rail website.

If you’ve been affected by this incident, there is always someone to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat.

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