Hero taxi boss drives 400 miles to ensure passengers make flight

By Lisa James
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A taxi driver who drove passengers from Scotland to London at no charge so they wouldn’t miss their Caribbean holiday has been branded a hero on social media.

John Murphy, owner of Elite Central Travel in Falkirk, had been booked to take passengers from Falkirk to Glasgow Airport so they could fly to Heathrow to catch a flight to the Caribbean.

But their regional flight from Glasgow was cancelled because of stormy weather, so John said he’d drive the holidaymakers down to Heathrow.

The 47-year-old told the Daily Record: “I was bringing customers back from Edinburgh and I got a phone call from a passenger I was supposed to be taking to Glasgow at 3am in a major panic to say that their flight had been cancelled.

“The poor woman was in floods of tears because they had to get to Heathrow for 8am that morning. I started looking for other flights for them and trains, every option available, but there was nothing,

“There was a flight from Manchester to where they were flying to, but they couldn’t get on that.

“So it was a case of going home for a shower to freshen up after dropping my Edinburgh customers off and hitting the road to London at 1am.

“The customers were awesome though, and very grateful. I didn’t take a penny off them.”

He ended up returning to Scotland with another car load of passengers who had been stranded in London.

“I checked into my hotel and fell asleep right away, and woke up a wee while later. I had a message on my phone from a guy who ended up being stranded at Heathrow with his daughter after being in Germany to see the Rangers game.

“He spotted my post on Facebook about driving down with a group of passengers.

“I messaged him back right away and told him to meet me at my hotel, I’d take him and his daughter back home with me.

“Again, I didn’t take any money off him. I was in London anyway and having to come back to Falkirk.”

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