Several rail services across the country have been cancelled as a precaution after cracks were discovered on high-speed trains.

Passengers have been advised to check for cancellations before heading out today and to postpone their journeys if they can.

Safety checks are now being carried out after the hairline cracks were found on the Hitachi 800 series trains — used by Great Western Railway (GWR), London North Eastern Railways (LNER) and Hull Trains.

The disruption means limited to no service on the East Coast, between Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and London.

A spokesperson for LNER said: ‘A number of Class 800 series Hitachi trains from several train companies have been taken out of service today for checks as a precautionary measure.

‘This problem is being investigated by Hitachi and once trains have been checked, we hope to be able to release them back into service as soon as possible.

‘This could affect a significant number of our services and passengers should check before they travel.’

GWR said there will be ‘no train service or only an extremely limited service with no alternative means of transport’ on its key links between Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol, Cheltenham, Hereford and Plymouth.

Local services between Paddington, Reading and Oxford and the Bristol and Exeter areas will carry on, along with 75% of services between Plymouth and Penzance.

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