RAIL services on the Brighton mainline have reopened after a person was hit by a train.

All trains heading between Brighton and Wivelsfield were suspended after the incident this morning.

The "major disruption" has been easing, with services expected to return to normal by 11am, according to Network Rail.

It affected routes towards Gatwick Airport and London, and also into the city.

Commuters were advised to seek alternative routes, with some rail replacement buses in operation and some trains being diverted via Lewes.

According to Southern, the incident happened at Haywards Heath today.

Southern has issued guidance to passengers. It said: “A person has been hit by a train between Haywards Heath and Brighton and this is causing major disruption to trains between these stations

“All lines between Wivelsfield and Brighton are closed.

“If possible, trains will divert via Lewes instead of using the direct route to and from Brighton. Some additional trains will stop at Wivelsfield.

“Trains may be cancelled, delayed or diverted via Lewes. Burgess Hill, Hassocks and Preston Park will not be served.”