A revolutionary new train which can replace old train tracks, five times faster than before, is being used on the Basingstoke to Salisbury line. The improvements should provide commuters with a more reliable service.
A double decker bridge has hit a bridge in Portchester. Network Rail are on site assessing damage to the structure. If you have pictures of the incident, email email@example.com
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.
– Detective Constable Matt Bevan
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.
– South West Trains spokesperson
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.
The Managing Director of Southeastern has been talking to Our Transport Correspondent on the day the Olympic Javelin service is launched.
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.
The official Olympic train service will depart from Kent for the first time this morning.
Kent's high speed services are being used to take hundreds of thousands of passengers from St Pancras to the Olympic park.
But for thousands in Kent it means they will lose regular high speed services to London.
Southeastern say they'll put on extra carriages on slower trains to the capital.
Rail passengers faced two hour delays on the Paddington mainline after a major security alert at Bristol Parkway.Services to the Thames Valley, including Reading, Swindon and Didcot were disrupted.
The incident lasted almost two hours with a train and the station evacuated. Services were halted.
– British Transport Police
“The train has now been cleared and the station has re-opened. Trains are running again. “BTP officers carried out an investigation into an unattended package onboard the 1528 Swansea to London Paddington service. "
– Great Western Trains
"All trains stopped at Bristol Parkway are now on the move. One affected train had a couple of people travelling to the Olympic Football, this has been prioritised. They will arrive in time for kick off.Station now fully reopened and trains allowed to call, although it will take some time for our service to get fully back to normal."
A major security alert is tonight in operation on the Great Western mainline.The train at the centre of the alert is the 3.28pm Swansea to London and due to Stop at Swindon and Reading.
It is understood an unattended bag was spotted and the alarm raised.All passengers have been evacuated from the train at Bristol Parkway and the station has also been evacuated.Anti-terror police have been called to the scene.
Passengers were told to leave everything on the train and evacuate.Trains are not stopping at the station and delays on the Paddington line are expected for some time.The situation is ongoing.
– British Transport Police spokesman
“I can confirm that BTP was called to Bristol Parkway rail station on Thursday, 26 July, following a security alert.
“The incident was reported to BTP at 5.04pm
“Officers are at the scene carrying out an investigation into an unattended package onboard the 3.28pm Swansea to London Paddington service.
“The train has been evacuated and the station is currently closed, with no trains stopping.”