A PERSON has died after being hit by a train on the railway line at Pokesdown railway station on Sunday evening.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene shortly before 8.45pm.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: "We were called to reports of a person struck by a train.

"On the arrival of officers and paramedics the person was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

"We are working to identify the person and inform the family."

The spokesperson was unable to confirm if the person was a man or a woman.

A spokesperson from South Western Railway said: "A train has struck a person.

"Our response teams are working with the emergency services to assist. Until this can be done no further trains will be able to pass through the area."

All lines between the two stations were blocked but were reopened at around 10.20pm.

"We are very sorry for any delay this may cause," the spokesperson said.

"If you or anyone 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."

A spokesperson from National Rail said emergency services were called at around 8.50pm.

"The emergency services are dealing with an incident between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst, blocking all lines. As a result, trains between these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised," the spokesperson said.

"We anticipate that disruption will continue until the end of service."