Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Fault delays new high-speed train's first journey from Bristol to London

Fault delays new high-speed train's first journey from Bristol to London

Grayling hailed the start of what he described as a new era in rail passenger services on the first of a fleet of trains replacing the ageing Intercity 125 fleet, which was first introduced in 1976.

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

"Our railways are a huge success but passengers rightly expect improved services and better trains - and only last week I announced another £48 billion for the network from 2019 that will focus on better maintenance to dramatically improve reliability".

Transport secretary Chris Grayling, who was on the first service, said the new trains will be "transformational" for people from Bristol.

It means the trains, capable of travelling at 148mph, will still have to travel at the speed of the current Intercity trains (125mph maximum) and run on diesel fuel for the last section of the journey from Maidenhead to Bristol.

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"We've delivered pioneering 21st century trains for passengers to enjoy and sparked a manufacturing renaissance in the North East".

Hitachi Rail Europe's managing director Karen Boswell said that the achievement was the culmination of nine years of hard work - from creating the £82 million factory at Newton Aycliffe to recruiting a 1,000-strong workforce. "We can and will do better".

Industry guests gathered at Bristol Temple Meads station for the inaugural service, the 06.00 to London Paddington which was operated by five-car trainsets 800 005 and 800 006. 'During the next year we will continue to expand the operation of these new trains across the southwest and Wales as far as Swansea, including the introduction of another IET fleet specific to Devon and Cornwall next year.

The Government-led Intercity Express Programme was funded by Agility Trains. "I'm pleased to be on the very first of these brand new trains to welcome them into action".

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