Wednesday 7 December 2016

Bird strike causes disruption to train services

Published 06/11/2015 | 10:56

The train hit by a bird had left London's Euston station
The train hit by a bird had left London's Euston station

A bird caused hours of disruption for rail passengers in the Midlands and southern England when it flew into the windscreen of a train.

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Train firm London Midland said the bird damaged the windscreen of the 15:46 London Euston to Crewe train at Hanslope, Buckinghamshire, on Thursday.

Officials said the window had to be repaired and services were affected for the rest of the day. They said the driver was not hurt.

Passengers on one later service - the 19:34 London Euston to Tring - were told by the driver that the train contained four carriages instead of the usual eight because of a "bird strike".

A spokesman for London Midland said it was not unknown for birds to fly into trains and cause problems.

"We probably see two or three a year on the logs," he said. "It's not as rare as you think."

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