Local Operator On Track For Returning Trains

Local rail travellers have been gearing up for the return of the train.

Hitachi Rail, train operators and government this week agreed, with oversight from the office of Rail and Road, a service recovery plan to safely reintroduce more 800 Series and 385 Series trains to the network.

The fleet of 800 Series trains was removed from service as a precaution last weekend when cracks were found on some trains.

A statement issued on May 13th said that after rigorous safety checks GWR, one of the operators hit by the withdrawal, would begin re-introducing trains with a more regular service for passengers.

The statement added that trains on some routes might be less frequent than usual and train availability could vary.

Passengers were warned to continue to check with the operators before they travel.

Mark Hopwood, GWR Managing Director, said, “Our customers have shown great patience over the past couple of days and I am grateful for their understanding as we have worked with Hitachi to allow trains to return safely.”