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InterCity 125 40th anniversary

Celebrations have been held to mark the 40th anniversary of the High Speed Train. The trains were first introduced on the lines between Paddington, Reading, Newbury and Bristol.

When they were introduced they brought a new generation of faster travel all over the country.

The event was organised by Great Western Railway and attended by locomotives from all over the country.

And enthusiasts certainly didn't want to miss the event with 5,000 attending. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse joined them.

He spoke to Great Western Railway spokesman Dan Panes, Sir Kenneth Grange who designed the train and Andy Mellors, Great Western Railway Engineering Director.


Green MP calls for another railway line from Brighton to London

The UK's only Green MP is calling for a second train line between Brighton and London. Caroline Lucas says the existing line is overcrowded and under too much strain. Opening up the Lewes to Uckfield route again could be one option - a proposal which has huge support. Charlotte Wilkins reports.

Teenager sentenced for 'sickening' attack on train driver

A teenager has been given an eight-month detention and training order after an assault with a glass bottle left a train driver bleeding and in need of stitches.

A 17-year-old youth from Croydon appeared at Croydon Youth Court on Thursday, 15 November, where he was sentenced after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) at an earlier hearing.

The incident, in which a train driver was struck on the head from behind with a glass beer bottle, took place at 5.12am of Saturday, 23 June at Guildford rail station.

The glass bottle shattered on impact which shows the weapon used was thrust at the driver with significant force. This was a sickening attack on a member of staff who was just doing his job. Members of rail staff have the right not to feel threatened at their place of work, and the train driver in this instance was lucky not to suffer a more serious injury.

– Detective Constable Matt Bevan

It is totally unacceptable for people to display this kind of behaviour towards our staff when they are simply trying to do their job. We are relieved that our driver was not more seriously injured as a result of this attack and we are pleased that the British Transport Police managed to track down the individual responsible.

– South West Trains spokesperson


First Olympic train leaves late

The first Olympic Javelin finally sets off to the Olympic Park Credit: Mike Pearse

The high-speed Javelin train service serving the Olympic Park got off to an inauspicious start when the first official train departed five minutes late today.

The Southeastern train company had designated the 7.04am from St Pancras station in London to the Park in Stratford as the beginning of the service. But the 140mph Japanese-built train did not leave Stratford until 7.09am.

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