CRACKS CRISIS

18 MONTHS TO REPAIR ALL HITACHI 800 SERIES TRAINS

JACKING POINT CRACKS PROMPT MASS WITHDRAWAL FROM SERVICE

Stopped: GWR IET set Nos 800031 and 800308 at Worcester yard on 9 May 2021.
 Steve Widdowson

REPAIR OF all Hitachi 800 Series trains affected by an issue with underframe cracks is expected to take at least 18 months, it was reported as Modern Railways went to press.

Hitachi withdrew the entire Class 800, 801 and 802 Intercity Express Train (IET) fleets operated by Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER and TransPennine Express overnight on 7/8 May after severe cracks were discovered in jacking points (see p26 for an explanation of jacking points). Ten Hitachi-built ScotRail Class 385 EMUs were also withdrawn after cracks were found in the same component. The issue followed the discovery of cracks in yaw damper mountings on some of GWR’s Intercity Express Train (IET) Class 800/802 fleet during April, prior to the discovery of the jacking point issues.

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