Roaming deer cause disruption on busy rail line

Rail users on a busy Staffordshire line were faced with disruption after reports of animals on the line.

West Midlands Trains services between Hednesford and Rugeley Trent Valley were forced to run at reduced speed on all lines following the sighting of deer on the line, which runs through Cannock Chase forest.

The deer were first spotted on the line at 5pm, causing up to 10 minutes disruption of services between the two stations, before the line was declared clear at 5.44pm.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Trains said: "There was a sighting of deer on the line, which is common for that area, around 5pm and services were forced to run at reduced speed.

"Crews at the scene checked the area at 5.44pm and found the deer had moved clear of the line, so normal working has been able to resume."

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