Sangeeta reports: the train baby

Rail staff have been congratulating a new mother on Twitter after she gave birth to her baby on a service between Otford and Maidstone East, in West Malling.

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'Train baby' Phoebe doing well

Proud dad, Allan Stanley, with mum, Sonia Banks and baby Phoebe Credit: Invicta Kent Media

The father of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush hour in Kent has said: "It feels like I'm on cloud nine."

Allan Stanley, 21, was travelling back to his mother's home with her and his partner Sonia Banks, 22, when the contractions started.

Moments later, on Thursday night's 18:18 London to Kent train, Miss Banks gave birth to a "perfectly healthy" 6lb 13oz baby called Phoebe.


Passengers delight at early arrival

A woman has given birth to a baby girl on a packed Kent commuter train.

Sonia Banks, 22, was on the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East when the contractions began.

The Southeastern train driver put out a plea for help and luckily a midwife, nurse and off-duty police officer were fellow travellers and helped with the delivery.

Baby Phoebe was a fighting-fit 6ib 13oz and mum and daughter are doing well in hospital.

We speak to passenger Sophia Looney who was on the train and commuters at West Malling, the station where the ambulance picked up Sonia and Phoebe.


Second train baby for Southeastern

The baby girl born on a Kent commuter train last night is the second to enter the world on a Southeastern service, says company spokeswoman Sarah Boundy, "We're delighted mother and daughter are doing fine and we will send them flowers as soon as possible."

In 2001 Hayley Sheen from Chatham, who was seven months pregnant, unexpectedly went into labour on a train. Just minutes later little Chelsea was born on the Hastings line between Appledore and Ashford. She was two months premature and weighed just 3lbs 5oz.

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Baby girl born on train 'delivered by fellow passenger'

Rail managers at Southeastern tonight thanked staff and passengers for helping with the delivery of a baby on commuter train at West Malling in Kent.

The guard on the train made an emergency announcement appealing for any doctor or nurse when he faced a passenger on the brink of giving birth.

The Incident occurred at 7.30pm and delayed thousands of commuters on the line to Maidstone East.

In what must be one of the most unusual excuses for a train delay a fellow passenger is understood to have helped with the delivery.

An ambulance was called and mother and baby were taken to hospital.

Both are said to be doing fine and the baby has been named Phoebe, according to a spoken for the train company. Delays of around an hour were caused by the incident.

Services are now back to normal.

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