GWR Train services

I attended a meeting on Sunday to hear the news about the cracks in the Hitachi trains which have led their removal from service pending reports and  repairs. GWR rely on these trains for their longer distance and faster services. There is unlikely to be an early and quick fix. I asked if the old 125s can be brought out of retirement to fill in service gaps. We await details on how these new trains are going to be repaired and when that might happen. In  the meantime  Train users need to check the reduced timetables available. There will be refunds for cancelled services. 


  1. DavidJ
    May 10, 2021

    Time to restore our own train manufacturing industry. We need jobs here in the UK in our own industries rather than supporting Japanese manufacturers. We see already from EU antics that we should not rely on manufacturers based in the EU either.

  2. Alan Jutson
    May 10, 2021

    Using the old 125s would be a sensible temporary solution, if indeed they are still fit for service, have not been cannibalised for spares, broken up or sold off.

    I hope HS2 trains will not suffer the same fate, given they will be travelling at a higher speed with higher loadings, is anyone checking the calculations ?

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