A dead body was recovered from railway tracks near Eccles early this morning.

The discovery caused major disruption to train passengers on their way to work.

No details of the victim were available but in a statement, British Transport Police said:

“Officers were called to Eccles station at 5.16am this morning following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Paramedics also attended however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family.

“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Commuters travelling via Crewe, Chester, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool this morning were affected

Ryan Wilkinson, a commuter travelling on the Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Oxford Road Line via Birchwood, said:

“Unfortunately for me there are no alternative routes unless I get a bus to Warrington Bank Quay which results in possibly being 1-2 hours late for work. I’ve heard about a lot of cancellations on other lines from lime street to Manchester too.”


Services resumed later this morning.

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