LNER has announced “significant disruption” on services between Edinburgh and Newcastle after a person was struck by a train north of the English city. 

No further details have been confirmed regarding the casualty although passengers have been urged to defer travelling on this line until the situation is resolved. 

On their website on Saturday morning, LNER said: “We are experiencing significant disruption to our train services between Newcastle and Edinburgh this morning due to a person being hit by a train north of Newcastle. 

“If you booked to travel between these stations this morning, we would advise deferring your journey until later today. 

“There are a number of cancellations on this part of our route this morning and while we are working to source rail replacement, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate all of our customers on bus replacement services. 

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“If your journey is delayed by more than 30 minutes, you are entitled to claim compensation against the cost of your ticket under our Delay Repay scheme.

“We’re doing everything we can to get services up and running again and we’re sorry for any disruption to your journey today.”