Great Western’s new train launch marked with delays

Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Great Western RailwayThe very first Intercity Express to navigate passengers down the partly-modernized Great Western Railway from Bristol had arrived in London about 41 minutes late.


Moreover, its air-conditioning was switched off, as it appeared on the platform. The passengers who stood in the aisles and rows of its ergonomic seats was roped off due to a leakage.


The brand new Hitachi Class 800 train represented the first of a fresh fleet assembled in Britain at a price of £5.7 billion.


It had left Bristol Temple Meads 25 minutes later than the scheduled 6 a.m. departure on Monday morning. It had lost further time while it was on its journey and a few of the passengers had to take evasive action after liquid started dripping from an air-conditioning unit overhead, as reported by one of the leading news media agencies.


Manufacturer Hitachi said that the delay had been caused due to a ‘minor technical issue’.


Disgusted passengers reported continuous overcrowding as well despite promises of a better service. The trains are bi-mode that operate on diesel and electric power. But, when the important work has been completed that is due in December 2018, passengers are assured faster journeys and a greater number of services amounting to about 4,000 seats into Paddington in the morning rush hour.


Chris Grayling who is the transport secretary said prior to the delayed 6 a.m. departure from Bristol Temple Meads on Monday morning that he is glad to be on the very first of the new trains as he welcomes them into action.


Grayling also mentioned that it has started investing record amounts to modernize the rail network of Britain and offer passengers faster and more comfortable trains and better journeys that are more reliable.


Great Western Railway is waiting to welcome 57 new trains to replace its fleet of Intercity 125s, a model that had first been launched in the year 1976.


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