Rail passengers in parts of the UK are facing delays after a number of high speed trains have been taken out of service due to hairline cracks.
An issue has been detected with some Hitachi 800 series trains, which are used by Great Western Railway, North East London Railways and hull trains.
“ The trains of several railway companies were taken out of service today for checks as a precautionary measure ”
Operators have warned there will be trip cancellations and disruption while the cracks are investigated, with passengers urged to check the schedule before traveling.
National Rail Inquiries tweeted that some trains from these three companies, as well as TransPennine Express, had been taken out of service for security checks, saying, “Once the trains have been checked, they will be returned to service as soon as possible.”
Great Western Railway (GWR) said there was no high speed service between London and Swindon, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Reading, Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance, Reading, Oxford, Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa.
In a statement on their website, GWR said: “A number of Hitachi 800 Series 800 Class trains from several rail companies were taken out of service this morning for precautionary checks.
“As a result, we have had to cancel a significant number of long distance train services to and from Paddington, and while local services are running we expect them to be very busy.
“This issue is being investigated by Hitachi and once the trains have been checked and cleared, we hope to be able to return them to service as soon as possible.”
North East London Railways (LNER) is also currently advising passengers not to travel, with limited service on the east coast between Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and London.
In a tweet, LNER said that “once the trains have been checked, we hope to be able to put them back into service as soon as possible”.
However, tickets for today’s trips will be valid until Sunday, May 16, LNER said.
Hull Trains said services on its entire network could be canceled, with disruptions expected until the end of the day.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-08 09:55:57