‘Stubborn swan’ causes delays on railway line between Hove and Worthing

Swan on the line (Photograph: @martin466004)
Swan on the line (Photograph: @martin466004)

The railway line between Hove and Worthing was blocked earlier this afternoon (October 29) because of a ‘stubborn swan’.

In a statement on Twitter just after midday, Southern Rail said: “️Due to a very stubborn swan on the line between Hove and Worthing, all lines are currently blocked.

“Tickets are currently being accepted on the 700 bus route between Brighton and Littlehampton.”

At 12.45pm, Southern said: “Earlier today a swan took up residence on the track. Network Rail response staff have been able to convince the swan to board one of the trains in the area and the line has now reopened, however as services have been at a stand for approximately 40 minutes train carriages and crew will not be in the correct places to start their next journeys and it may take some time for trains to return to normal.”

Disruption is expected until 1.30pm.

Swan on the line (Photograph: @martin466004)

Swan on the line (Photograph: @martin466004)