Swan on the line for commuters

Marston Vale Line Train''operator London Midland
Marston Vale Line Train''operator London Midland

AN UNUSUAL delay was experienced by London Midland passengers on the Bedford to Bletchley service on Friday.

A swan wandering on to the railway at Woburn Sands meant commuters faced a wait while the feathered troublemaker was safely removed.

At 8.15am a London Midland train driver had to stop the 07.31hrs Bedford to Bletchley service as a swan was sitting on the railway line.

Network Rail is obliged to ask drivers to slow down and avoid animals on the line so the driver tried to move the reluctant swan.

However, despite encouragement from the driver, the swan refused to move.

It was not until after much coaxing from the RSPCA that the swan eventually left the line.

The swan left its position on the track at 9.15am and services were then able to resume.

Brenda Lawrence, acting head of station services at London Midland, said: “At London Midland we try where possible to look after our furry and feathered friends.

“We apologise to passengers for any delays that they have experienced, but anyone who has tried to move an angry swan can appreciate that it is no mean feat.

“As swans enjoy royal protection, we would not want to upset the Queen on Prince Philip’s birthday.”