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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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