Train passenger gets pizza delivered to her carrriage mid-journey


Never mind a cuppa and a packet of crisps, one train passenger got so hungry during her journey, she ordered a takeaway pizza to be delivered to her carriage - in a 50-second station stop.

Peckish passenger Lucie Mathieson, 25, from London, had not packed dinner for her four-hour train from Port Talbot to Manchester on Sunday.

And when a tiny two-carriage train pulled in, with no food trolley or café on board, she and two friends concocted a plan to satisfy their appetites.

After two refusals, she put in a desperate call to Pizza Hut in Newport, South Wales, and asked them to deliver in the 50-second window that the train was stationary at Newport Station.

As the train pulled in at 6.54pm, the two pizzas - one deep-pan pepperoni, one thin-crust chicken and mushroom - and barbecue chicken wings were waiting, with extra garlic and herb dip.

Lucie, a BBC set designer for kids' TV, jumped onto the platform and was back in her seat in less than 50 seconds.

She told Caters News: "We never thought it would work. But we needed some dinner. The train set off at 5.50pm and wasn't getting in until 10.30pm.

"I asked the train conductor when we were getting in at each station then started calling all the pizza places on the way.

"Two said no, but Joe at Pizza Hut in Newport loved the idea. I said to him, 'I've got a mission for you' and he got very excited.

"I don't know how he got on the station - we offered to pay for a ticket for him, but he didn't need it.

"There were so many ways it could have gone wrong. We paid over the phone so Joe could have taken the money and not come. But when he was there the whole station was cheering.

"By the time I got to Manchester all my friends were texting me saying I was on the front page of Reddit. I don't even know how I got there but everyone was posting it and commenting on it.

"I just can't believe we managed it!"

And after she posted pictures of lunch on-the-go on Facebook, they became an online hit.

Michelle Escott, general manager at Newport Pizza Hut Delivery, told Caters News: "When we got a call from a customer to deliver pizza to the Port Talbot to Manchester train we simply couldn't resist the challenge."

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