Direct rail services between London and the South West have now resumed. Services operated by Great Western Railway (GWR) were restricted for over a week after defects were found in the body of some of the Hitachi Class 800 trains. The defect involved a crack which presented the risk that it could detach during journeys.
Regulators have now agreed that the trains are safe to return but the disruption caused to rail passengers has been immeasurable. Passengers are being advised to check the latest travel advice from GWR and find out if they are able to claim refunds.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“I’m glad this issue has now been resolved after such disruption, but this really does demonstrate the broader issue about rail links in the south west. We do not get our fair share of funding in this region and that includes our transport and infrastructure. I’ll be meeting with GWR to ensure that measures are put in place so that this does not happen again.”