Rail passengers are facing delays and cancellations across the UK after cracks were found on some high-speed trains during routine checks.
Great Western Railway trains of the Hitachi 800 model were taken out of service for safety inspections, along with the same class of trains used by other Train Operators.
Hitachi apologised and said some trains were now running again after checks. Chris Heaton-Harris said the issue had been found on part of the chassis – the base frame – of some trains on Saturday morning following routine inspections.
He said trains would be returned to service as “quickly as possible”, but warned that Great Western Railway services in particular were likely to face continued disruption.
The railway minister warned disruption was likely for a “prolonged period”. The minister added he has asked the rail industry to conduct “a rapid and comprehensive review to resolve the issue”.
Passengers have been advised to check train operators’ websites before travelling.
Local trains – such as those operating between Bristol & Portsmouth or Weymouth are not affected.