RAIL services were delayed after reports of a person being hit on the railway.

Southern Rail said a person was struck by a train between Arundel and Horsham this morning, (Saturday, May 1).

The line between the two towns was blocked, but reopened this afternoon.

It is understood the ambulance service and police were called to help with the incident.

Passengers were warned to travel later in the day or make alternative arrangements. Replacement bus services were operated.

In a statement the operator said: "It is with great sadness that we report a person has been hit by a train between Horsham and Arundel.

"All lines between Horsham and Arundel have now reopened. Southern services between London Bridge and Bognor Regis, Portsmouth and Southampton Central remain affected. Please leave at least an extra 45 minutes for your journey this afternoon.

"We work closely with Samaritans and support the work they do. If you or someone close to you has been affected by this or any incident, there is always someone to talk to.

"Contact Samaritans on 116 123 free at any time, on any phone. Help and advice is only a phone call away."