A woman trespassing on Stockport viaduct earlier this morning has been led to safety by emergency crews.
Rush-hour train services were either cancelled or diverted due to the incident after the woman was spotted shortly before 7.30am.
There have been unconfirmed reports that she attached herself to a post at the viaduct by her neck.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Our officers were called to the railway line north of Stockport station at 7.20am on Tuesday, September 30, after reports of a woman sitting on Stockport viaduct.
“Colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service also attended
“Specialist officers have successfully talked the woman down from the viaduct, and she has been taken to hospital for assessment.”
All lines are now re-open but passengers are being warned to expect delays.
All lines have reopened through #Stockport, although residual delays can be expected for a while yet.
— National Rail (@nationalrailenq) September 30, 2014
A woman has been safely removed from #Stockport Viaduct after we dealt with reports of a trespasser. She’s now in hospital for assessment.
— BTP (@btp_uk) September 30, 2014
The person on the line at Stockport Viaduct has been removed safely by emergency crews. Trains are now running again.
— GMP Stockport North (@GMPStockNorth) September 30, 2014
The train and bus stations had earlier been closed as police and ambulance services were dispatched to the scene, taking two hours to talk the woman down..
Commuters took to Twitter as the incident caused rush-hour chaos earlier today.
Woman next to me at #Stockport has been waiting for a London train since 6.40am. It’s her last day before retirement & this was a treat.
— Em (@EmBombIbiza) September 30, 2014
Desperately checking the news for Stockport and it turns out they have managed to talk the woman down from the viaduct apparently! #relief
— Rachel Clarke (@MintyDragons) September 30, 2014
Anyone know what’s going on between stockport / manchester train stations? It’s like a car park here!
— Mike Smith (@mikegsmith76) September 30, 2014
Image courtesy of Tom Kitch via Twitter, with thanks