Rail Delivery Group has said that companies are making safety their priority and are working together to get passengers moving on routes affected by problems with Hitachi’s high-speed trains.
Cracks, according to the Rail Delivery Group, have been found on the train carriage lifting points that are blocks of aluminium that sit under the train carriage.
These lifting points are not used as part of normal service but are used in depots when the train comes in for maintenance. However, there is a risk that they could become dislodged.
A spokesperson for RDG said, “Hitachi, the rail regulator and train operators will not put trains back into service until they are all confident it is safe to do so.”
Operators are now coming together to keep passengers moving whilst trains are out of service:
- Operators are working to bring affected trains back in service
- LNER is bringing back two Intercity 225 trains early and will be in service this week.
- CrossCountry is operating shuttle services between Swindon and Bristol TempleMeads
- Great Northern is running 12 carriage trains, instead of 8, at peak times between London, Peterborough and Stevenage.
- Transport for Wales and South Western Railway have also strengthened services where possible.
The current update from Rail Delivery Group on services is as follows:
- GWR long-distance services are heavily impacted and passengers are advised not to travel.
- LNER is running a limited service with no trains north of Edinburgh.
- TransPennine Express is running an amended service, with Liverpool to Newcastle services cancelled at York.
- ScotRail is running a normal service with some reduced carriages
- Hull Trains is able to run a normal service with their trains passed fit to run
Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, said: “We are sorry for any disruption experienced by passengers as a result of the necessary withdrawal of Hitachi trains on some routes. While the vast majority of the network remains unaffected, we understand that any disruption is frustrating, however, our passengers’ safety must always be our first priority.
“Rail companies are working closely together to minimise any impact of the Hitachi recall wherever possible, including loaning alternative trains across the network, installing shuttle services and offering cross ticket acceptance for alternative routes.
“We also continue to work closely with Hitachi to finalise a plan to bring as many trains back in to service as quickly as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, passengers are advised that there is likely to be a reduced service on affected routes for some time so passengers should check their train operator’s website for the latest information.”
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