Rail service disruption to go on for ‘number of weeks’ after cracks found on some trains

Some trains were withdrawn after cracks were found on the lifting points on the underside of the carriages used for maintenance.
Rail services on London North Eastern Railway (LNER) are expected to continue for a “number of weeks” after trains were disrupted for a third day due to cracks in trains.

LNER is running a reduced service on the East Coast Main Line, which runs between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh via Peterborough, York and Newcastle.

The train operator posted a message on Twitter stating the issue is “likely to be going on for a number of weeks” and it is running a reduced service on the East Coast Main Line.

— London North Eastern Railway (@LNER) May 10, 2021
Great Western Railway (GWR) trains are also affected by the fault and have advised passengers with tickets for long-distance journeys “not to travel” as there is “no service or an extremely limited service” between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, Swansea, Penzance, Hereford and Cheltenham Spa.

The rail minister has asked the industry to urgently set out a plan for resuming normal service after some trains had to be withdrawn over the weekend.

Cracks were discovered on some trains on Saturday, resulting in the Class 800 Series made by Japan’s Hitachi being pulled off lines for safety checks.

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