All GWR articles

  • Three Hitachi-built electro-diesel trainsets of Class 800 and 802 meet at Plymouth.
    Rail Business UK

    Fatigue and stress led to Hitachi train cracks, finds ORR

    2021-09-10T15:00:00Z

    UK: Both fatigue and stress corrosion led to the cracks that resulted in Hitachi-built Class 80x trainsets and Class 385 EMUs being withdrawn from service earlier this year, according to an interim review released by the Office of Rail & Road.

  • Passenger using a mobile phone.
    Rail Business UK

    Passenger information lessons learned from the cracking crisis

    2021-07-02T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has released a review into the impact on passengers from the emergency withdrawal of all Class 80x Hitachi trains and the way the crisis was subsequently handled by operators Great Western Railway, LNER, TransPennine Express and Hull Trains. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Long-term plans to address Hitachi train cracks under development

    2021-06-30T13:16:00Z

    UK: Instrumented trainsets are providing data to help plan the work needed to repair cracking on Hitachi-built trainsets, as operators consider longer term strategies to address the issue over the life of the fleets.

  • Great Western Railway has invited expressions of interest in trialling a battery powered train on the 4 km non-electrified branch line from West Ealing to Greenford in west London.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR to test battery train on branch line

    2021-06-23T10:19:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has invited expressions of interest in trialling a battery powered train on the 4 km non-electrified branch line from West Ealing to Greenford in west London. The operator notes that the trial ‘will support the objectives of the Traction Decarbonisation Network ...

  • The Office of Rail & Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May.
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Lessons learned’ review of Hitachi train crack issue

    2021-06-09T15:34:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May. ORR said it would ...

  • Three Hitachi-built electro-diesel trainsets of Class 800 and 802 meet at Plymouth.
    Rail Business UK

    Services ramp up as 80x inter-city trainsets return to service

    2021-05-18T14:58:00Z

    UK: Both LNER and Great Western Railway have been able to reinstate many of their inter-city services after the Office of Road Rail reached agreement with Hitachi and the train operators over how the cracking problems with the Class 80x fleets are to be managed. ...

  • Hitachi is supplying GWR with trainsets under two contracts.
    Rail Business UK

    Class 80x recovery plan takes shape

    2021-05-13T08:00:00Z

    UK: Industry insiders report that progress is being made towards the reinstatement of some of the Class 80x Hitachi units currently out of service following the discovery of cracks ‘behind the lifting (jack) pocket bolster’.

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    Rail Business UK

    ​Mass cancellations as Hitachi trains grounded by cracks

    2021-05-09T19:26:00Z

    UK: A significant number of train services were cancelled over the weekend of May 8-9 after cracks were discovered in electric and electro-diesel trains constructed by Hitachi Rail for several operators.

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    Rail Business UK

    Fatigue cracks sideline GWR Class 800s

    2021-04-27T16:24:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has taken some of its Class 800 inter-city trains out of service following the discovery of fatigue cracking in the yaw damper bolsters on a number of vehicles.

  • Regular passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter are to be reinstated, after the Department for Transport confirmed the provision of £40·5m of funding under the Restoring Your Railway initiative
    Rail Business UK

    Exeter – Okehampton passenger service to be revived

    2021-03-19T00:05:00Z

    UK: Regular passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter are to be reinstated, after the Department for Transport confirmed the provision of £40·5m of funding under the Restoring Your Railway initiative on March 19. The initial service will start by the end of this year, with ...

  • gb c2c coronavirus wear a face covering sign West Ham
    Rail Business UK

    Government agrees ERMA extensions with three operators

    2021-03-10T14:43:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements with c2c, South Western Railway and TransPennine Express, as discussions continue over the ending of franchise agreements and a move to directly-awarded National Rail Contracts. FirstGroup, which operates the ...

  • gb GWR Newbury Racecourse
    Rail Business UK

    GWR to make extra stops to serve vaccination centre

    2021-02-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway is to stop 17 extra London Paddington – Bedwyn trains a day at Newbury Racecourse from February 8, to help people access a coronavirus vaccination centre there. This will be in addition to the current hourly timetabled service between Newbury and Reading. ...

  • GWR IETs at Swindon
    Rail Business UK

    It’s right to change timetables in ‘a challenging environment’, says GWR MD Hopwood

    2021-01-14T10:00:00Z

    UK: The need to adapt timetables to cope with reduced demand as well as increased staff absences as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is creating a ‘very challenging environment’, Great Western Railway Managing Director Mark Hopwood has told Rail Business UK . ‘Normally as ...

  • gb-GWR-802-teignmouth-Hitachi
    Rail Business UK

    GWR to test Hitachi battery hybrid inter-city train

    2020-12-15T11:22:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail and Hitachi Rail Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an underfloor battery powerpack to be trialled on a Class 802 electro-diesel inter-city trainset operated by Great Western Railway on the London – Penzance route.

  • FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements
    Rail Business UK

    South Western and West Coast franchise termination payments agreed

    2020-12-10T11:21:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on payments for the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements, which were signed before the pandemic, and are negotiating new directly-awarded management contracts which would come into effect when the current ...

  • Mechan worked with main contractor Hochtief to design, supply and install a set of 12 lifting jacks and two turntables for a three-road maintenance facility which has been built to expand GWR’s Exeter Olds View depot near St David’s station.
    Rail Business UK

    Mechan jacks and turntables installed in Exeter

    2020-12-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: Mechan worked with main contractor Hochtief to design, supply and install a set of 12 lifting jacks and two turntables for a three-road maintenance facility which has been built to expand GWR’s Exeter Olds View depot near St David’s station. The 15 tonne rail mounted ...

  • gb SWR Claire Mann
    Rail Business UK

    Claire Mann named South Western Railway Managing Director

    2020-12-03T11:34:00Z

    UK: Claire Mann has been appointed as the next Managing Director of South Western Railway, and will take up the post in early 2021. Mark Hopwood, currently Interim Managing Director of SWR, will return to his former role as Managing Director of Great Western Railway ...

  • ·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is
    Rail Business UK

    UK government announces the end of rail franchising

    2020-09-21T08:38:00Z

    UK:·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working’.

  • The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-01T09:47:00Z

    UK: On September 1 the Department for Transport exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021. FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory said this ‘provides important clarity and continuity for our customers, employees and wider ...

  • gb GWR Class 769 Reading
    Rail Business UK

    Great Western Railway takes delivery of trimode electro-diesel multiple-unit

    2020-08-31T05:00:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has taken delivery of the first of 19 Class 769 Flex multiple-units equipped to operate using 750 V DC third rail, 25 kV 50 Hz overhead or diesel power. The Class 769 has been developed from Class 319 dual-system EMUs formerly used ...