Sheffield student shares taxi to London with strangers following train cancellations

A Sheffield student shared a taxi with two strangers all the way from Grantham to London after a herd of cows were hit on the train line, causing cancellations. 

The train in question was the 9.38am Grand Central service from Kings Cross to Sunderland on 2 October, which collided with and killed eight cows that were crossing the track between London and Peterborough.

Lewis Steele, 20, was on his way to the capital with his girlfriend to watch the football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City when they were both made aware of the news.

There were also football fans on the train that did hit the cows – a number of Arsenal supporters heading up to Lancashire to see their side face Burnley were left disappointed. 

And it’s not the first time trains have been affected due to cows being on the line.

Unusually, just over a week earlier there were also delays to East Midlands Trains services from London back up to Sheffield after a cow was hit on the line between Kettering and Market Harborough. 

But the delays and cancellations then weren’t as severe as those suffered by the likes of Lewis, as all trains from Sheffield to London were cancelled during the morning and a full service wasn’t resumed until after 3pm in the afternoon.

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