'Teething problems' for new GWR train to Wales

Britain’s secretary of state for transport Mr Chris Grayling and the secretary of state of Wales Mr Alun Cairns alongside an IEP at London Paddington after its inaugural run from Bristol

She added: "We are really proud to have built trains in the United Kingdom, designed using Japanese bullet train technology, which are improving passengers' journeys on the Great Western route".

"This was not to a standard that Hitachi expects and is known for", she added.

Some 122 of the new Class 800 Hitachi trains are due to be in service on GWR and Virgin Trains East Coast services by 2020, replacing the Intercity 125 fleet.

But the inaugural service from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington arrived 40 minutes late after twice being delayed.

It added: "We are of course disappointed with an issue with this train's air conditioning and water ingress in one of the carriages".

The Department for Transport says the new trains will cut journey times, increase the number of seats and services, and be more comfortable.

Overhead cables for the electric trains have yet to reach Bristol due to budget cuts and delays, so the trains now have to run on diesel from Maidenhead to Temple Meads.

"I am very sorry and disappointed that today's first passenger train from Bristol encountered technical issues, causing a delay to the service and an air conditioning issue which resulted in water entering the carriage rather than being discharged externally", said Karen Boswell, managing director, Hitachi Rail Europe.

The new trains are capable of travelling at 148mph (240km/h), and will eventually replace the current Intercity engines, but are now restricted to speeds of 125mph (200km/h).

It represented an inauspicious start to the introduction of the trains built by Hitachi, which the government said were the "best we have ever had" in Britain.

Many had to stand, despite claims that capacity was 20 per cent higher on the new trains.

What questions do you have about this story?

If you are reading this page on the BBC News app, you will need to visit the mobile version of the BBC website to submit your suggestion.

Related News:



Most liked

LIGO Announcement: Neutron Stars Collide, Explode In Never-Before Observed Kilonova
Neutron stars , the densest in the universe and measuring just 10km across, are found alone but also in pairs orbiting each other. As well, 12 hours later, several optical telescopes announce to have spotted a point of light in this portion of the sky .

Trump really hopes Clinton runs again in 2020
In the 2005 videotape, which surfaced in October past year , Trump bragged about being able to get away with groping women. Several women subsequently accused him of sexual misconduct, which he denounced as lies.

How Federer solved the Nadal puzzle
Federer overcame old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters yesterday to close the gap at the top of the ATP rankings. It was an excellent tournament for both superstars, who are closing out 2017 and looking to carry momentum into 2018.

Change lifestyles for climate -pope (4)
Yet Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted on September 16: "Our position on the Paris agreement has not changed". President Donald Trump announced the decision in June shortly after visiting the pope, a strong supporter of the deal.

California family finds missing dog after long search through fire debris
A veterinarian explained to The Sacramento Bee that her thick fur probably saved her because it insulated her from the flames. Widen shared: "No singed hair, no burned paws". "The severity is often bad ", said Dr.

Cone Midstream Partners LP
OxFORD Asset Management LLP acquired a new stake in Hess Midstream Partners in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $2,299,000. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in shares of Martin Midstream Partners L.P.by 14.2% in the 1st quarter.

Linkin Park releases Carpool Karaoke with late Chester Bennington
His wife Talia Bennington also shared the video on her Twitter account with the hashtags #MakeChesterProud and #F*@kDepression. The segment ends with an invitation to donate to the One More Light Fund the band established in Bennington's memory.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal stresses converting disappointment into hope after ISPR's presser
On Wednesday, Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Bajwa had said that Pakistan needed to expand its tax base. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has stressed that no difference exist between army and government.

Morocco emerges new host of 2018 CHAN
A third candidate, Ethiopia, was not considered because it did not provide a letter of guarantee from its government. They withdrew from hosting AFCON 2015 over fear of the deadly Ebola, which ravaged West Africa around that time.

Video captures bloody altercation between Panthers fan, another man at Thursday's game
Fans seated around the dueling pair stepped in to separate them, and eventually the younger man grabbed his girlfriend and left. An Instagram post from a Greensboro-based user catches an apparent argument from two fans that quickly became violent.

Maryland native shot in Las Vegas wakes up, takes first steps
The campaign has so far raised over $528,000 to cover her medical expenses at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas . A Maryland woman is steadily improving after being one of the more than 500 people injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Institutional Investors Love El Paso Electric Co (NYSE:EE)
Schnieders Management Limited Liability Com invested in 0.39% or 16,305 shares. 111,855 are owned by Triangle Wealth Mgmt. Moors And Cabot owns 397,031 shares or 1.79% of their U.S. portfolio. 800 are held by Tower Capital Ltd Liability (Trc).

Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens - 10/15/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michael Campanaro returned a punt 77 yards to pull the Ravens to within 24-22 with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter. Mitchell Trubisky is completing 48 percent of his passes for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

James Corden receives backlash after controversial Harvey Weinstein joke at charity event
He's denied any sexual assaults and maintains that any sexual contact was consensual. Other users were also clearly upset by the jokes.

PG&E Corporation (PCG) stock price dropped -10.51% on volume of 29201465 shares
The Company's primary operating subsidiary is Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which operates in northern and central California. The Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association Of America holds 162,400 shares with $3.50M value, down from 316,200 last quarter.