Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Virgin Trains Hit by Safety Checks on Bolts

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Virgin Trains Hit by Safety Checks on Bolts

Article excerpt

Rail passengers faced delays and overcrowding yesterday after a fault was found on a Virgin train.

Virgin's CrossCountry fleet, which runs between the North-East and the South-East and South-West of England, was running at 70pc strength after the fault was picked up the night before.

Maintenance workers found fractured bolts on the undercarriage of one of the trains while carrying out routine checks.

All 78 of the Voyager trains were immediately withdrawn for safety checks with 13 trains being kept out of service for further checks.

The problem was with a bolt on the transmission systems which connects the engine to the wheels.

The Newcastle to Bournemouth and Edinburgh to Penzance trains were among those affected - with some services cut from every half hour to every hour.

Ernie Preston, president of the Rail Passengers Committee, said the fault and the knock-on effects had been unfortunate but praised Virgin's efficiency in dealing with the situation. …

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