GWR say that a number of Class 800 series Hitachi trains from several train companies have been taken out of service this morning for checks as a precautionary measure.
As a result they have had to cancel a significant number of long distance train services to and from Paddington, and while local services are running, they expect them to be very busy.
“This problem is being investigated by Hitachi and once trains have been checked and cleared, we hope to be able to release them back into service as soon as possible.”
Owing to the short notice unavailability of carriages which form High Speed train services there will be no train service or only an extremely limited service with no alternative means of transport available for throughout journeys, in either direction, on routes including London Paddington – Swindon – Bath Spa – Bristol Temple Meads.
Others affected include London Paddington – Swindon – Bristol Parkway – Newport – Cardiff Central – Swansea.
Customers are advised not to attempt to travel. Refunds will be provided.
For more information go to the GWR website.
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