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Hitachi launches investigation into cause of damage disrupting train services

The cancellations of all trains between Reading and London were caused by damaged overhead cables. Credit: PA

Hitachi, the company behind the new Great Western Railway trains says it will launch an investigation into the cause of the disruption of rail services that left plenty of commuters stranded today, 17 October.

The cancellation of all trains between Reading and London is caused by overhead power cables being "severely" damaged by a Hitachi train on a test run on Tuesday night.

The train was on its way to a Bristol depot.

A spokesperson said they are working to find out the cause.

“After years of successful testing on the route we are taking today very seriously, a full and thorough investigation is taking place to identify the cause.”

– Hitachi Spokesperson

The company confirmed the train that caused the damage to the lines is not yet used for passenger services and is still in its test phase.

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Great Western Railway do not expect snow to disrupt services tomorrow

GWR say snow is not as much as of a problem for railways as any other sort of bad weather. Credit: PA

Great Western Railway says it does not anticipate widespread disruption to services tomorrow and the operator is not pro-actively changing its timetables.

The company says snow is not as much as of a problem for railways as any other sort of bad weather.

GWR adds its biggest problem during periods of poor weather is usually drivers getting to work.

According to the operator, Network Rail is busy gritting tracks in advance of another snowy day.

GWR also says today's services are not being affected by the onset of snowy weather.

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Fault delays launch of new Great Western Railway train

93 new Intercity Express Trains are planned to replace GWR's existing services. Credit: Jack Gordon

The first of Great Western Railway's (GWR) new high speed trains failed to run on time this morning due to a train fault.

The Hitachi train was meant to carry passengers from Bristol to London Paddington this morning at 6am, but left 26 minutes late.

Our reporter on scene was told staff had difficulty coupling the carriages.

93 new Intercity Express Trains are expected to replace GWR's existing services by the end of 2019.

The upgrade project was reported to have been delayed and over-budget, but the new trains are expected to ease overcrowding.

GWR: No trains between Westbury and Chippenham due to staff shortage

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The line is closed on Great Western Railway's services between Westbury and Chippenham due to a staff shortage.

Train services running through these stations are cancelled - the disruption is expected until 18:15.

A replacement bus service is running to take passengers between the two towns via Trowbridge and Melksham.

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