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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.

Rail strikes to continue causing possible disruptions

Credit: SWR

Members of the RMT union have planned a number of strikes this month over the role of train guards, possibly causing disruption to rail services on some of South Western Railway's busiest routes.

The strikes are being held over the following two Saturdays as well as a 48-hour walk-out at the end of the month. It follows the failure of talks earlier this week.

SWR says it has offered a similar deal to one accepted by the RMT on Greater Anglia, but this is denied by the union.

South Western Railway says it has put together plans to run a full timetable on the chosen dates.

The 24-hour strikes that have been planned from midnight to 11.59pm on:

  • Saturday 4 August 2018
  • Saturday 11 August 2018
  • Saturday 18 August 2018

A 48-hour strike has also been planned from midnight to 11.59pm from Friday 31 August to Saturday 1 September.

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