A police probe has been launched after a body was found near a Scots railway bridge.

Emergency services raced to the scene on the Forth Rail Bridge at around 7.22am on Monday.

Officers from the British Transport Police soon arrived but found that the person had tragically passed away.

Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident between Inverkeithing Train Station and Edinburgh Gateway

Both railway lines across the River Forth have been blocked while police remain at the scene.

A police spokesman said: “British Transport Police were called at 7.22am on 13/07 to Forth Rail Bridge following a report of a casualty near the tracks.

“Officers attended, but sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers remain at the scene and enquiries are currently underway to establish the full circumstances behind the person’s death and how they came to be near the railway.”

Dozens of trains have been cancelled with commuters being warned to expect significant delays across the east coast of Scotland. 

The railway line between Inverkeithing and Edinburgh Gateway remains closed and services to Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth and throughout Fife have been affected.

ScotRail are currently putting replacement bus services in place.