A PERSON has died after being struck by a train at Pokesdown railway station this morning.

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) were called out at 6.30am to reports of a casualty on the tracks.

A spokesperson from BTP said: "Paramedics also attended but sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers are currently working to identify the person and inform their family.

"The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

All lines between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst stations were blocked. They have now reopened.

South Western Railway said trains are now running through the stations but may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised. 

Disruption is expected until 2pm.  A spokesperson for South Western Railway said: "We received reports that a person was struck by a train between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst. Our response teams and the emergency services have been assisting with the incident.

"In order to allow emergency services access to the railway all power to the track was switched off in the affected area.

"All lines have now reopened and trains are now running through the affected area.

"If you or someone close to you has been affected by this incident, there is always someone to talk to.   "Contact the Samaritans on 116 123 free at any time, on any phone.

"Help and advice is only a phone call away. South Western Railway work closely with the Samaritans and support the brilliant work that they do."

Replacement buses were requested and rail tickets are being accepted on the First Bus X54 route between Poole and Weymouth at no extra cost.  More follows.