A person has been hit by a train this evening.
Southern Rail says the incident has happened between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes and that all lines are blocked.
There are reports on social media of a large emergency presence at Hemel Hempstead station.
Southern Rail tweeted at 5.25pm: “It is with great sadness that we report a person has been hit by a train between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes.
“All lines are blocked between these stations whilst the emergency services work to deal with this incident. Service information will follow.”
ℹ️ #WatfordJunction – The emergency services are dealing with an incident between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central. So they can safely do their work, all lines are currently closed. Trains may be cancelled or diverted until the end of the day.
— National Rail (@nationalrailenq) May 18, 2021
National Rail added: “The emergency services are dealing with an incident between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central. So they can safely do their work, all lines are currently closed. Trains may be cancelled or diverted until the end of the day.”
It is unclear exactly how this incident will affect the journey of the Flying Scotsman which is scheduled to pass through Hemel Hempstead and Watford this evening.
The famous locomotive was due to pass through Hemel shortly after 7pm and through Watford at around 7.20pm.
According to a real-time train timetable, the locomotive was scheduled to be spotted at the following stations or junctions at the following times today. It remains to be seen whether the scheduled timetable will still be met.
Hemel Hempstead – 7.11pm
Apsley – 7.14pm
Kings Langley – 7.18pm
Watford North Junction – 7.23pm
Watford Junction – 7.24pm
Bushey – 7.26pm
The timetable has not been updated in light of the incident between Watford and Milton Keynes.
National Rail says usual services on the West Coast line like Avanti West Coast, London Northwestern Railway, and Southern are affected by this emergency incident.
Tickets are being accepted on alternative routes including via London St Pancras and Overground and Underground lines.
Rail replacement buses have been requested.