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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.

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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

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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.

High speed Olympic train departs from Kent for the first time.

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.

Station reopens after security scare

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.

“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. "

– British Transport Police

"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."

– Great Western Trains
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