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Cyclist attempts to use the M1 motorway to get London

A cyclist attempting to use the M1 motorway to get London didn't get very far. He was soon spotted by police after arriving at Luton, and quickly escorted off the road.

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Eurostar services return to normal

Service is returning to normal on the Eurostar after a fatality on the line caused the high-speed rail company to suspend trains.

Services were cancelled after the incident at about noon between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International stations in Kent.

With the line between the two stations closed, Eurostar was forced to halt services between London, Paris and Brussels.

The Southeastern train company's high-speed Javelin trains which use the HS1 high-speed line were also unable to run between the two stations.

A Eurostar spokesman confirmed the lines have reopened and trains are back in operation for the remainder of the day.

London queues at St Pancras as Eurostar stops services

With the line between the two stations closed, Eurostar halted services between London and Paris and Brussels.

The Southeastern train company's high-speed Javelin trains which use the HS1 high-speed line, were also unable to run between the two stations. Eurostar said it hoped to resume services later today.

Scaffolding collapses onto double decker bus in Peckham

A double-decker bus was hit by falling scaffolding in Peckham High Street today. The scaffolding struck the number 345 shortly after 11am. No one was injured.

At around 11am this morning some scaffolding collapsed on a route 345 bus as it was driving down Peckham High St, at the junction with Basingcourt.

The bus was in service at the time and there have been no reports of injuries. We will work with the emergency services who will be investigating this incident.

– Transport for London

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Racist, abusive behaviour on London to Manchester train

Police have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea football fans on a train from London to Manchester last night.

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British Transport Police were called to meet the train as it entered Stoke station, and asked four men to leave.

Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, 1 March, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue. Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.

– British Transport Police

Police did not give details of the abuse or racist language alleged to have been used.

Train grinds to a halt in a tunnel after filling with smoke

A train filled with smoke ground to a halt in a tunnel in north London today after developing a fault. The East Midlands Trains service which was destined for St Pancras got as far as West Hampstead when a passenger activated the alarm.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, one passenger said some people began crying:

The smoke was thick and strong and we had people coughing - I'm sure a few people are feeling decidedly dodgy now. I've still got a headache.

– Robin Johnston, passenger

East Midlands Trains said there was no danger to passengers:

All passengers were kept safe at all times. Engineers attended the train and staff kept passengers updated. The service resumed at around 14.10 and continued on to London St Pancras. The train is now in our depot being examined.

– East Midlands Trains

Tube strike ballot

A ballot for strike action closes today for London underground workers in a dispute over an employee who was allegedly the victim of a sustained campaign of harassment in response to questioning safety issues.

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