Launch of new Great Western Railway trains doesn't exactly go to plan

16 October, 2017, 21:19 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • They have a top speed of 148mph- but only after they reach Maidenhead in Berkshire where the line becomes electrified

The fleet of intercity trains was created to be electric, but due to delays in electrification of the line, engines will also be fitted with diesel power.

GWR managing director Mark Hopwood said that the train operating company (TOC) was "once again making history" with the first new IET in a generation.

The BBC's One Show presenter and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth described the new train as "swish" as it made its way to Cardiff, on time.

She explained that "an air conditioning issue" resulted in water entering the carriage rather than being discharged outside. I know it is not good enough and it is not what we want to offer.

The maiden journey for the train eventually arrived over 40 minutes late, entitling fare-paying passengers to claim compensation for the delay.

Commuters were left frustrated after the Bristol to London train was held up for 41 minutes this morning, and to make matters worse, passengers also reported a leak from an air conditioning unit.

He told the Press Association: "It's not the best. I'm pleased to be on the very first of these brand new trains to welcome them into action". These sets have all done their 5 000 miles [8 000 km] of fault-free running and we haven't had the problems we had today so we'll go away and understand that'.

A GWR spokesman said Hitachi would be investigating any issues.

They are capable of running at 140mph, although will be limited to 125mph without tracks being upgraded.

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.

The first all-new British inter-city train for 40 years made its maiden journey Monday as part of a 7.6-billion US dollar investment to improve rail travel between Britain's main cities.

"We are investigating this as a matter of priority and will restore the train back into passenger service once fully rectified".

It has spent £160m on two "state-of-the-art" depots in London and Bristol.

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