Cracks in Bogies of Hitachi-Built Class 800 Trains Sees Them Withdrawn from Service

Other train operating companies are lending any rolling stock they can spare to the affected operators to help keep disruption to a minimum. Operators are also using alternative trains where suitable. For instance, LNER is bringing two InterCity 225 trains back this week.

Passengers have also been given the option of using trains run by other operators at no additional cost so people can still travel. In some instances, trains have been lengthened to make additional capacity available on services that are running.

Because of the frequent number of on-going checks Hitachi is performing, the number of Class 800 trains running passenger services can vary at short notice.

At the moment, GWR long-distance routes are heavily affected. Passengers on these services are advised not to travel. LNER has some high-speed trains available and is able to run limited services, but no trains north of Edinburgh.

The third operator that runs Class 800 trains, TransPennine Express (TPE), is confirming an amended timetable.