Delays on East Coast Mainline after reports of person being hit are false alarm

Newcastle Central Station
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Rail services on the East Coast Mainline were disrupted on Sunday afternoon after reports of a person being hit by train turned out to be a false alarm.

Emergency services were called to the pedestrian footpath level crossing on the line at Dudley, Northumberland, shortly after 1pm. It had been reported that a person had been hit by a train, and services were suspended between Newcastle Central Station and Berwick.

However, searches carried out did not find a casualty. Lines reopened shortly before 3pm, with services run by LNER, TransPennine Express, Lumo and Cross Country affected.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "The suspension of services through Dudley has now been removed. We urge passengers to check with their operator before travelling between Newcastle and Edinburgh."

A statement from the North East Ambulance Service read: "We received a call at 1.06pm today (June 2) to reports of a possible incident near the pedestrian footpath level crossing on a rail line in Dudley, Northumberland.

"We dispatched a paramedic crew, a specialist rapid response paramedic, a hazardous area response team (HART) crew and a clinical team leader to assist police and fire & rescue services at the scene, who were searching the area for any casualties. Our HART team remain on scene, but we have stood down all other resources while the wider area continues to be checked for any injured persons."