The CEO of Hitachi Trains, Andrew Barr, says the decision to withdraw the Hitachi 800 model trains from service was due to cracks found on the metal that links the train’s body with the underside of the train.
Mr Barr did not give an exact number of how many trains were affected – saying the situation had not been finalised – but indicated that cracks had been found in several beyond the initial discovery.
He said the cracks couldn’t be seen with the naked eye and were initially picked up during routine maintenance.(BBC)
Meanwhile , passengers are being asked to shelve travel plans.
Passengers traveling on London North East Railway continue to face disruption today after cracks were found on a train model on Great Western Railway.
The issue was discovered in the Hitachi 800 series trains, with LNER taking the model out of service whilst the problem is investigated.
LNER is operating a reduced service across Yorkshire and passengers are being asked not to travel while precautionary checks are carried out on trains.
The following services have been cancelled today:
17:01 Kings Cross to Harrogate
17:30 Kings Cross to Edinburgh
18:33 Kings Cross to Skipton
19:30 Kings Cross to Newcastle
The company says tickets from this weekend will be accepted on trains up to and including Saturday 16 May.
Hull Trains also took the model out of service yesterday morning, but have since resumed services after checks were carried out.
Customers will be able to use their LNER tickets on Avanti West Coast trains, TransPennine Express trains between Leeds, York and Manchester and on East Midland Trains between St Pancras and Sheffield.
All of the details can be found on the LNER website.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “Routine checks of Hitachi trains early this morning identified cracks on part of the chassis of some trains. Safety is always our absolute priority, so these trains have been taken off the network to undergo full and rigorous checks.
“Hitachi are working to complete these strict precautionary checks. Trains will be returned to service as quickly as possible once they are fully approved as safe by the manufacturer.”
He added: “I’ve also asked all affected operators – GWR, LNER, Hull Trains and TransPennine Express – to explore all options to ensure they help people complete their journeys.
“That includes maintaining as many services as possible and providing additional rail replacement services.”