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Baby born on rush hour train

A baby girl has been born on a train packed full of commuters. The Southeastern train was delayed at West Malling in Kent while the infant was delivered on board the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East service.

A spokesman for the company said he did not know who helped deliver the child.He said: "The baby is doing OK and has been named Phoebe. The normal protocol for a medical emergency is for the conductor to administer first aid but it is likely he would have had to put a message out to ask for help."

Passengers took to Twitter to offer congratulations. @thumper--1111, said: "Baby girl just been born on 18:18 Victoria to ashford at west malling. marvelous grats to parents hope all well."But another commuter said: "That's the first good excuse Southeastern have come up with for a delayed train."



Disruption on Southeastern between Westcombe Park and Deptford due to signalling problem. Tickets being accepted on DLR services.

London-bound services are being diverted via Lewisham and Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich and Deptford will not be served.

Passengers can travel via Charlton for alternate services.

Country-bound services are not affected.

Source: INRIX


Five million passengers jump aboard for Paralympics

Extra train services were added to Southeastern's timetable during the Games. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Nearly five million passenger journeys were made on Southeastern trains during the London 2012 Paralympics.

Charles Horton, managing director said: “We carried around 100,000 extra passengers every day during the Paralympic Games, including around a million journeys on our Javelin service."

The high-speed route from St Pancras connected directly with Stratford, the station nearest the Olympic Park.

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