A person has died after being hit by a train on the East Coast Mainline on Thursday (February 1). 

Police and paramedics were spotted at the incident in Cramlington at about 5.45pm, following reports of a concern for someone's welfare on the rail tracks. 

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the British Transport Police have confirmed that a person died at the scene - and that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding their death.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: "Officers were called to Cramlington railway station at around 5.40pm yesterday (1 February) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Paramedics also attended, however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

During the incident, the East Coast Mainline between Newcastle and Edinburgh were sealed off to allow emergency services to work at the scene. 

Train operator LNER put out a statement regarding the incident - and noting potential delays on its services. 

A spokesperson for LNER said: "LNERUpdate: It is with great sadness that we report a person has been hit by a train.

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"Services between Newcastle and Edinburgh are subject to delays and short-notice cancellations.

"Please be patient, we will update you as soon as we have further information."

Services on Friday (February 2) have returned to normal - but strike action from LNER has seen the timetabled services reduced significantly. 

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