Major disruption on Doncaster railways route due to hairline cracks warning on engines

Doncaster is facing major disruption on the railways today after LNER cancelled services after hairline cracks were found in high-speed trains.

By David Kessen
Saturday, 8th May 2021, 10:24 am

The issue was found on Hitachi 800 series trains which it operates.

Passengers have been advised to check before travelling and to consider postponing journeys.

LNER is currently advising passengers not to travel. They said: “We are experiencing significant disruption to our train services due to more trains than usual needing repairs at the same time. Because of this, we're advising customers not to travel today. Your tickets dated for travel today, Saturday 8 May, will be valid for travel up to and including, Sunday 16 May.

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“If you choose to travel between Sunday 9 May and Sunday 16 May, please travel as close to the time on your ticket as possible. Please note that you must make a reservation before travelling. To make a reservation, please click here.

If you're not able to travel between Saturday 8 May and Sunday 16 May, you'll be entitled to a refund. We’re doing everything we can to get services up and running again and we're sorry for any disruption to your journey today.”

They firm tweeted this morning: “Due to a problem under investigation, services route wide are subject to delays and cancellations. Please DO NOT TRAVEL, tickets will be valid up to and including Sunday 16th May 2021 (a new reservation MUST be made).”

The fleet of Hitachi 800 trains entered service in 2017 and was designed to be electric, but the engines were also fitted with diesel power because of delays with railway electrification.

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