A train passenger was so drunk he overshot his stop and decided to ride his bike along the tracks to get home – causing more than 300 minutes of delays.
Stewart Crowdy, of Beechwood Way, Aston Clinton was on a train to Princes Risborough on December 23, when he went past his station and ended up at Banbury at around 6.45pm.
Rail staff tried to help the 32-year-old builder get home, but he became aggressive and threatened a member of security staff, before grabbing him around the throat.
Crowdy then got on his bicycle, rode onto the tracks and out of sight.
Fearing he was still on the line, services in the area were stopped, causing 28 trains to be delayed at a cost to the railway of £13,440. Crowdy returned to the station shortly after, where he was arrested.
He was subsequently charged with trespass, obstruction and assault.
He pleaded guilty to all the offences and on May 11, at Oxford Crown Court, he was ordered to pay Chiltern Railways £7,000 in compensation for obstructing the railway.
He was also handed a total sentence of nine months - suspended for 12 months - for the trespass and assault offences, as well as being ordered to undergo a nine-month alcohol treatment course and abide by a 12-week curfew.
PC Kevin Smith from British Transport Police said: “Crowdy’s thoughtless actions caused huge delays and costs to the network and it is only right he has been ordered to pay a significant amount towards those.
“This case shows the courts take trespass and obstruction extremely seriously and they will not hesitate to ensure rail companies are reimbursed if they are left out of pocket by people’s selfish behaviour.
“We also hope it sends a clear message to anyone who thinks it’s ok to drink too much, get on a train and then behave in a reckless manner – with no regard for their own safety or those around them - that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”