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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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Train driver Mohammad O'Toole expressed his relief today and praised the commuters on the 8.13am to Birmingham New Street train for being so understanding after he announced delays would mean they would get in 30 minutes late to their destination.

"The train was stuck at Stafford station and we couldn't move because of a faulty signal. People were confused on the platform so I went out to address the crowd who were trying to squeeze into the train" said Mr O'Toole.

"I announced shyly that we would be half an hour late, but imagine my surprise when the entire train laughed it off" commuters reacted by saying "Don't worry about it mate none of us are in a rush" assured one commuter. Another shrugged "the national rail provide us a fantastic service with quality prices, delays are just part of daily life." Before adding "besides a more relaxed journey will give us time to admire the local scenery we never appreciate."

Mr O'Toole then said he received pats on the back and even a round of applause from commuters who admired his honesty and courage by speaking to such a large group.

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