ORR Launches Review into Hitachi Class 800 and 385 Crack Issues

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has launched a ‘lessons learned’ review into the cracking issue on the Hitachi-built Class 800 (AT300) and Class 385 (AT200) trains.

The review, which is to provide valuable insights to the rail industry as a whole, will address both safety and passenger impacts. The ORR will work with Hitachi Rail and other relevant parties to determine the underlying cause of the cracks in the trains’ jacking plate and on the mount of the yaw damper bracket. The review will look into industry processes that assess safety risk and into the trains’ withdrawal from and return to service.

GWR Hitachi Class 800 train at Paddington
GWR Hitachi Class 800 train at Paddington


Technical areas, such as the design, manufacture and maintenance; process issues (how the different parties worked together); and responsibilities for inspection, maintenance, repair and remedial action will be examined in-depth by the review and it will seek to determine how these areas could be improved.

The ORR will also work with the affected train operating companies – GWR, LNER, TPE and Hull Trains – as well as other industry bodies to assess whether the travel information given to passengers during the weekend of 8 May and the following week was consistent. ScotRail, which operates the Class 385 trains, will not be included in this portion as the impact on its passengers was minimal.

The ORR will also investigate whether passengers were given the correct ticket refund information and that this was accepted by operators. The regulator will further check that passengers who had booked assistance were properly contacted and that they had been offered alternative travel arrangements.

As regards a timeline, the ORR will publish its report on the passenger impacts by 25 June. It will then publish an initial report in September that will look at the history, withdrawal and reintroduction of the trains. A final report will then be released once the long-term rectification programme has been established.
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