The revolutionary new intercity train now departing . . . is late

Marcus Newton
October 17, 2017

A delayed service, leaky air conditioning and cramped carriages marred the launch of GWR's Intercity Express as transport secretary Chris Grayling was due to make his first trip on the service.

THE first of the new electric trains which will run between South Wales and London made it's first scheduled stop at Newport today.

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

The grand unveiling was due to leave Bristol for London Paddington at 6am, but was about half an hour late getting going.

A broken air conditioning unit dripped on passengers, while technical difficulties left the train running 25 minutes late into the capital.

He told the Press Association: "It's not the best".

"I am late probably 50 per cent of the week". "I get a train that gets me into London 45 minutes earlier than I should be just to allow for delays every day".

Mr McCrum, who commutes from Chippenham, Wilts, to his job with a tech start-up company in the City of London, added: "I pay the best part of £10,000 a year for this. I'm pleased to be on the very first of these brand new trains to welcome them into action".

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Hitachi said the delay was due to a "minor technical issue".

"These trains have been running successfully on United Kingdom tracks for over two years and recently passed the industry standard 5,000 miles running without a fault".

A GWR spokesman said Hitachi would be investigating any issues.

However, there was something wearily familiar about the new fleet of high-tech trains that took to the tracks this morning.

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 Department for Transport said: "The new trains are a renewal of the ageing Intercity 125 fleet, which was first introduced in 1976, and they will go on to replace fleets across the country".

He added: "These new state-of-the-art trains show our commitment to put passengers at the heart of everything that we do".

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