Delays expected and Hemel station closed after fatality on the line

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Commuters have been warned to expect severe disruptions on trains between London and Northampton this evening, following a fatality on the line.

A person was struck by a train earlier this afternoon, and London Midland have said services in both directions are expected to be severely disrupted.

Emergency services are dealing with the incident and Hemel Hempstead station remains closed until further notice.

Virgin Trains running along the line are also facing the same disruption.

Steve Helfet, London Midland’s head of west coast services, said: “We have arranged for London Midland tickets to be accepted on all reasonable routes so the advice is to travel on the best train to get you closest to your desired destination. We are also arranging road transportation between Northampton and Wellingborough so that passengers can travel on East Midland Trains from St Pancras.”

London Midland tickets can be used on the following services:

Chiltern Railways between Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone

Thameslink between London St Pancras to St Albans & Bedford

First Great Western between London Paddington, Reading and Worcester

Cross Country between Leicester, Tamworth, Reading to Birmingham

Virgin Trains on all reasonable routes

Transport for London Buses

London Overground

London Underground