The British railroad turmoil caused by train cracks is expected to last for weeks

The ongoing disruption of UK rail services caused by problems with Hitachi’s high-speed trains is expected to continue for weeks.

Rail companies shut down some services over the weekend due to cracks found in Class 800 series Hitachi trains used on the Great Western Railway (GWR), Hull Train, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and TransPennine Express. Said it needs to be (TPE).

The issue “is likely to last for weeks,” LNER said on Twitter on Monday.

“LNER is working with Hitachi and other railway industry partners to bring as many trains back into service as safely and quickly as possible,” said a spokesman. “As the investigation continues and the repair schedule is in place, more information about the timing will be announced in due course.”

In a Twitter post on Monday, GWR said on Monday and Tuesday that “a significant number of services will be canceled” and “the turmoil is expected to continue for the rest of the week.”

Therefore, “passengers with long-haul service tickets are advised not to travel.”

government Said He called on the railroad industry to “immediately come up with a comprehensive plan to resolve the long-term turmoil.”

Railroad Minister Chris Heaton-Harris expects operators to “consider all options for replacement services to help people complete their journey and ask Hitachi for a safety inspection plan and long-term repair strategy.” He said he was doing it.

“Our focus is to ensure that trains are back in service as soon as they are fully approved as safe. Only then will we re-establish a reliable punctual timetable for our passengers. You can start building, “he said.

“I would like to thank the passengers for their patience while it could be a significant period of long-term turmoil that is likely to last for some time,” he said.

A Hitachi spokesman said the crack was at the lift point under the passenger car used during maintenance.

“Safety is our number one priority and as a precautionary measure, it continues to affect the number of trains that can be operated,” he said, and the Hitachi team “day and night” to solve the problem. He added that he was working.

Robert Nisbet, director of the national and regional trade associations of the Rail Transport Group, “disappointed” the cancellation as more passengers returned to use the train network after the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus regulation was relaxed. I explained.

Asked if he knew how long the turmoil could last, he told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program: Very seriously. “

PA contributed to this report.