Hundreds stranded on East Coast Main Line after body found in tunnel

Hundreds of passengers were stranded on trains on the East Coast Main Line, some for more than four hours, after a body was found in a railway tunnel.

All services on the East Coast Main Line around Grantham, Lincolnshire, were stopped at about 21:00 BST on Sunday after a man’s body was found in Stoke Tunnel, near Grantham.

British Transport Police finally declared the line open again at 01:49 on Monday.

Seven northbound and six southbound East Coast trains, carrying approximately 1,800 people, were affected. Police inquiries to establish the man’s identity continue.

One train was stopped in a tunnel and another was in an open area, while the rest were stopped at stations, an East Coast spokesman said.

He added: "It’s frustrating for our customers. In this situation we are entirely in the hands of BTP (British Transport Police)."

Officers from British Transport Police and Lincolnshire Police attended the scene, near Great Ponton, after receiving reports of a body on the line.

A police spokesman said in a statement: " The incident is currently being treated as unexplained. A file will be prepared for the coroner. The train involved has yet to be established and inquiries are ongoing."

Explaining the length of time it took to reopen the line, Inspector Chris Fellows, from British Transport Police, said: "Because the death is unexplained it is treated in a different way from a non-suspicious death. As we don’t have an immediate explanation certain things have to be done, such as a forensic examination of the site, before we can remove the body and reopen the line."

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One Response to “Hundreds stranded on East Coast Main Line after body found in tunnel”

  1. Absolute nightmare, sat 3 hrs in train n then couple of hours at Grantham station only to find out in London that not enough taxis were arranged to send passengers home safely after almost 5 hours notice.
    Pathetic service from East coast line.
    Had to get personal paid cab home. Cant understand if i can find a cab in 5 minutes why Didnt arrange it in 5 hours.
    Hope I won’t have to travel with them again.

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