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Entire UK Hitachi InterCity fleet suspended for checks after cracks found on chassis of trains

There’s been disruption across the UK rail network today after cracks were found on the chassis of several Hitachi 800 series trains used by a number of train operators.

Services in South Wales have been cancelled, with Great Western Railway not operating any trains between London Paddington and Swansea.

A spokesperson for train manufacturer Hitachi Rail said: “Some Class 800s have been taken out of passenger service as a precautionary measure to allow for thorough investigations. We are working with partners to resolve this issue as quickly & safely as possible. We would like to offer our sincerest apologies to passengers impacted.”

Network Rail has advised that there is “major disruption” on the network today and is advising customers not to travel by rail between London Paddington and Swansea.

A spokesperson for National Rail said: “A number of Class 800 series Hitachi trains from several train companies have been taken out of service today for checks as a precautionary measure. This problem is being investigated by Hitachi and once trains have been checked, we hope to be able to release them back into service as soon as possible.”  

A spokesman for Great Western Railway said: “A number of Class 800 series Hitachi trains from several train companies have been taken out of service today for checks as a precautionary measure.

“This problem is being investigated by Hitachi and once trains have been checked, we hope to be able to release them back into service as soon as possible.

“This will affect a significant number of today’s Intercity services and local lines are also likely to be extremely busy. Customers are advised not to travel. Refunds will be provided and customers should visit gwr.com for more information.”


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