THERE WAS disruption on trains services in Surrey this morning (Monday) after a vehicle crashed into level crossing barriers near Egham station, taking one of them clean off.

Trains had to run at reduced speeds on all lines between Virginia Water and Staines, South Western Railway said, with 15 minute delays on services until around 10am.

Services are now back to normal after the incident at around 7.20am, after a large, white lorry collided with the barriers. A second incident is also reported to have taken place at the crossing but has so far not been confirmed.

British Transport Police attended the scene and are carrying out an investigation.

The barriers themselves were back in operation by 9.23am, operator Network Rail said, but there had been a knock-on effect on traffic following the collision at the Pooley Green crossing.

Bus services are also said to have been affected.

A BTP spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to an incident at 7.30am this morning after a vehicle collided with a level crossing barrier in Egham, Surrey.

"The crossing was temporarily closed to repair the barrier.

"An investigation is underway.

"Anyone with information relating to this incident please contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 referencing 67-16/04/18.

"Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Network Rail added in a statement: "Services through Egham were affected this morning after a vehicle struck the barrier at Pooley Green level crossing next to Egham station at around 7.20am.

"Network Rail engineers worked to replace the level crossing barrier as quickly as possible, allowing services to run as normal as of 9.23am."