UPDATED: Person dies after being struck by train

British Transport Police and Network Rail attended the Whitehall Crossing where a person died

A person has died after being struck by a train near Canterbury today.

Emergency services were called to the Whitehall Crossing at 12.38pm.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “Officers attended alongside paramedics, sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

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

The Network Rail crew at Whitehall Crossing

As well as the BTP, Network Rail, Southeastern Trains and train manufacturer Hitachi all sent response crews to the little used and remote crossing.

It sits up a track behind Toddler’s Cove play area on the line which runs through Canterbury West station.

The situation has been causing delays to trains from Thanet in one direction and Ashford and London in the other.

Southeastern said customers who had been delayed by longer than 30 minutes could claim compensation.

The train firm said that the line between Ramsgate and Ashford had now reopened, but added: “Services may still be delayed or cancelled whilst we work to get them back on time.”

Disruption is expected to continue until 3.45pm.


  1. Although quite isolated, this crossing is actually quite frequently used, particularly by residents of London Road Estate travelling to Wincheap Retail Parks including many young people.

  2. We’ve been asking Network Rail to upgrade the CCTV on Whitehall crossing for years. There is little respect for the danger of the crossing shown by some users, with some delivery and taxi drivers even leaving the manually operated crossing open for their own convenience. The poor security has contributed to increased crime and low prosecution rates in the area. I wonder if anyone will listen now?


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