UPDATE: Train lines reopen after reports of '˜suspicious item'

Train lines have been reopened after a reports of a '˜suspicious item' caused a train to be terminated at Haywards Heath station, according to Southern.

A spokesman for Southern said: “The 17.46 service from London Victoria to Littlehampton was terminated at Haywards Heath after a suspicious item was found on board.

“Police were called to the scene as a precaution and later found the item was not suspicious and the scene was safe.

“Reports of the item were received by Southern at 6.55pm and a decision was taken to terminate the service.

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“The scene was declared safe at 7.33pm.”

Platforms 1 and 2 at Haywards Heath were closed as police investigated, according to Southern, but have now been reopened.

Southern expects the travel disruption to continue until the end of today’s service.

The Littlehampton-bound service had been delayed leaving London Victoria by 15 minutes due to a passenger being taken ill on a previous service, according to Southern.