Delays for West Norfolk rail passengers after train hits swan

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Rail passengers in West Norfolk are being affected by severe delays this afternoon after a train struck a swan on the line linking the borough with Cambridge and London.

Buses are currently replacing trains between Lynn and Ely after the incident, which happened at around 2.25pm today.

A spokesman for Great Northern, the train operator, said: “At 1425 today, the 1244 King’s Cross to King’s Lynn Great Northern service hit a swan between Littleport and Downham Market.

“All services are terminating at Ely station and buses are running between King’s Lynn and Ely.

“Passengers should expect service disruption until at least 7pm with delays, some shorter trains and short notice cancellations.

“We do apologise for the delays this afternoon and evening. Anyone who has is held up by 30 minutes or more can apply for compensation at www.greatnorthernrail.com/delayrepay.”