Vandals criticised for causing train delay
SOUTH West Trains ( SWT) passengers were left bemused after a train announcer launched into a rant after ‘ pond life’ thugs lobbed rocks at a Londonbound service.
Speaking over the train tannoy, the man told commuters that the packed service was running late because vandals had thrown rocks at the train, smashing a window.
He went on to describe the individuals as ‘ a couple of d** kheads’ before later referring to them as ‘ pond life with the intellectual capacity of a flip- flop’.
The Bournemouth to London Waterloo service, which calls variously in Hampshire and Surrey, was halted near Southampton on Sunday evening.
Addressing passengers, the unidentified announcer began by apologising for the delay, explaining some ‘ individuals’ had hurled rocks at a carriage window.
When the train resumed its journey, he made another announcement – this time, describing the thugs couple of d** kheads’.
Further down the line, he called them ‘ pond life with the intellectual capacity of a flip- flop’.
And when the service reached its destination 11 minutes late, he declared them ‘ muppets’.
The train stopped at Southampton Airport shortly after 5pm after individuals ‘ threw objects and rocks at the train,’ the announcer told passengers.
“We have got a smashed window which needs repairing before we can move,” he added.
When the train reached London Waterloo at around 7pm, the announcer said: “We are 11 minutes late due to the incident at Southampton Airport – where these muppets attacked the train.”
It is unclear what formal role the announcer has with SWT, or even if they are a member of SWT staff.
A spokesman for South West Trains said: “We are looking into this alleged as ‘ a incident to happened.
“Our staff are trained to keep passengers updated on issues affecting their journey.
“We would always expect this to be done in a professional manner using appropriate language.”
A member of SWT staff was suspended earlier this year after one of its trains was spotted travelling with a ‘ Vote Out’ message emblazoned on the side.
Staff have also been known to try and ease tension on delayed or disrupted journeys by hosting impromptu quizzes for passengers. One guard was widely praised following delays caused by a line- side fire at Vauxhall for making an ‘ awful journey 1,000% better’ with a quiz.
There was also praise heaped on South West Trains staff at Woking railway station last month when a woman was seen wandering along the lines.
Seeing she was dangerously closed to the high voltage third rail, railway staff and bystanders leapt into action and pulled the woman to safety when she was within reach of the platform edge. establish what