The Office of Rail and Road has announced that they are completing a review into what lessons the rail industry can learn after the discovery of cracks on the Hitachi Class 80X and 385 trains.
The review will include covering both safety and passenger impacts.
The ORR has said that it will work with Hitachi Rail and parties to find out the cause of cracks in the jacking plate and the mount for the yaw damper bracket.
This part of the review will look into the technical areas, including the manufacture and design process issues and how the parties worked together and how these could be improved.
ORR also say that it will work with train operating companies, Great Western Railway, London North Eastern Railway, TransPennine Express and Hull Trains to review whether the travel information was consistent.
The regulator will also be checking the correct refund information was provided and will publish its report on passenger impact by the 25th June and an initial report in September covering the history, withdrawal and reintroduction of the AT300s and a final report will be published when the long-term rectification has been established.
John Larkinson, Chief Executive, ORR, said: “The lessons learned review is an important step in ensuring something like this doesn’t happen again.
“Our wide-ranging review will focus on the complex safety issues, covering technical, process and contractual issues. We will also review the impact on passengers and whether passengers received the right information and were appropriately compensated.”
Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways, ORR, said: “While we’ve continued to engage with Hitachi and train companies, to oversee their development of a safe and suitable plan to make sure the right checks are being carried out to enable trains to run, now is the right time to ensure we understand more and the industry can learn lessons.”
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