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Two people were hit by trains on the same c2c line today, which runs from Shoeburyness to London Fenchurch Street, causing cancellations and delays all day, and passengers being told to wait for buses due to the disruption.
The first incident happened just after 7:45am, after a train between Benfleet and Leigh-on-Sea caused the line to close, after hitting a person. Arrangements were made to side-by-side evacuate passengers from the train to another.
Customers at Leigh-on-Sea and stations east, were urged to go to Southend Central and walk to Southend Victoria, where Greater Anglia accepted tickets from Southend Victoria to Livepool Street, and Romford to Upminster.
The second incident happened just after 2pm, where c2c announced that another person has been hit by a train between Basildon and Pitsea on the 14:20 Shoeburyness to London Fenchurch Street service, which was stopped just London-side of Pitsea.
Statement from Julian Drury, Managing Director:
“For the second time today a person has been struck by a train – this time at Pitsea. As a result evening peak services are heavily disrupted.
“This follows this morning’s delays when another person was struck by a train near Leigh-on-Sea. I really am very sorry for both these incidents and the horrible journeys that many of you will have had today.”