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Rail disruption today: 'DO NOT TRAVEL' says LNER

TRAIN passengers are being told DO NOT TRAVEL today as problems with the new fleet of Hitachi 'Class 800' Azuma trains used by York-based LNER and other train operators have meant multiple services have been cancelled or delayed.

In a message on twitter, LNER said today: "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 May 16 2021 (a new reservation MUST be made)."

A spokesperson for LNER confirmed this morning that replacement bus services were being sourced for passengers who absolutely had to travel today. "But I cannot say yet when they will be at York," he said.

The company's Twitter feed says: "Coaches are en route to #Edinburgh, #Newcastle and #York. These should only be used for essential journeys."

The delays and cancellations are thought to affect services across the country, with Hitachi Class 800 trains used by LNER, GWR, TransPennine Express and Hull Trains all affected.

The LNER spokesman 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.”

A spkesperson for TransPennine Express added: "A number of Class 800 series trains from several train companies have been taken out of service today for checks as a precautionary measure, including our Nova 1 trains."

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

We'll bring you more when we have it.

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

LNER graphic showing services affected today

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