Transport police confirm death on train line

Train services on a major route in Wigan have been brought to a halt after a man died on the line.

Tuesday, 19th December 2017, 9:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th December 2017, 4:30 pm
Wigan North Western station

British Transport Police were called at 9.03am this morning (Tuesday) to reports the man had been struck by a train, just north of Wigan North Western railway station.

Officers attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Efforts are currently underway to identify him and inform his next-of-kin.

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The incident is not being treated as suspicious.

Police vehicles lined Park Road opposite Mesnes Park and close to the railway bridge. Officers left the scene at around 10.35am.

Network Rail also attended.

All lines between Wigan North Western and Warrington Bank Quay were initially blocked but re-opened before noon.

However, some disruption to train services continued into the early afternoon.

Transpennine Express, Northern and Virgin Trains conveyed passengers via any reasonable route.

Arrangements were also made for Virgin Trains tickets to be accepted for these journeys.

Anyone affected by this incident can contact Samaritans who are always available to help and listen on 116 123. More information is also available online at