Words by Erdington Local editorial team
Hundreds of passengers were delayed this morning, after trains were cancelled due to a fatality on the line at Erdington Railway Station.
Emergency Services were called to the Cross City Line station just after 8am and trains between Lichfield and Birmingham were stopped.
Police and ambulance services were at the scene this morning, with local commuters seeing the emergency services around Station Road and taking to social media to warn other to avoid the area.
West Midlands Railway estimated there could be delays until just before midday, and the police have confirmed the death is not being treated as suspicious.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Erdington at 8.09am following reports of a casualty on the tracks. Paramedics also attended however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “We were called to an incident on the railway line near to Erdington Station at 8.06am. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene. On arrival we discovered one patient.
“Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
A popular route for people heading out to work, Birmingham University, or the QE Hospital, National Express West Midlands are accepting tickets from affected rail users on its bus services until further notice.
West Midlands Railway tweeted at 9am: “Cancellations to services between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley. Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley Hl the line is blocked.
“Tickets will be accepted on NXWM bus routes – 11A, 11C, X14, 14, 65, 66, 67, 907, X3, X4, X5, 6, 77, 77A.
“Coaches have been requested starting at Lichfield Trent Valley and Sutton Coldfield shuttling between stations.”
For more on all train services across Birmingham visit www.westmidlandsrailway.co.uk