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London train driver brightens commute with quiz

Londoners, often used to long and disjointed journeys to and from work, have had their mornings brightened up thanks to a train driver who provides a pub-style quiz over the intercom.

Southern Rail
Southern Rail Image by Joshua Brown / CC BY 2.0

The Southern driver has been getting rave reviews this week, especially after his decision to sing the songs on the music round himself. The early morning tests have drawn a euphoric response with one tweeter fist-pumping the driver for his initiative. “What a hero!” said the traveller. Another commuter said she enjoyed “a great train journey” thanks to #timetunneltrain.

Meanwhile, Virgin trains is to ensure that all pregnant women will be given a seat on their UK services. The company say that mums-to-be can get a special pass which will allow them to sit even if there is standing room only on a particular train.

Virgin trains are introducing a new scheme to ensure than pregnant women get a seat on their journeys
Virgin trains are introducing a new scheme on their UK services to ensure than pregnant women get a seat on their journeys Image by Elliott Brown / CC BY 2.0

And if it is a case that there is no seat available in standard class, they will be allowed to travel sitting down in a first class compartment. Virgin’s scheme will be applicable on its West Coast Main Line which operates between London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and North Wales, according to the Evening Standard.