Network Rail is celebrating the fact that railway upgrades over the May Day bank holiday weekend were less disruptive than the work carried out at Easter this year, even though 11,000 people were involved in possessions between Scotland and the south of England. It has also been revealed that a section of the Alton branch in Hampshire is to reopen earlier than expected, following repairs to a landslip. Train services are expected to be restored tomorrow, which will be five days earlier than originally planned.
Tributes have been paid to a c2c driver who died in his cab last night from a suspected heart attack. Steve Jones, 56, had been driving the 20.13 from Grays to Barking, but the train came to an emergency halt as it approached Barking at about 20.30. Signallers were immediately alerted and tried to contact Mr Jones without success, but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
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