December launch for ECML Azumas now ‘challenging’ | Railnews | Today’s news for Tomorrow’s railway

INTERCITY Express Trains built by Hitachi seem increasingly unlikely to enter service on the East Coast Main Line in December, following fresh revelations concerning the fitness of the trains.

Problems with electromagnetic radiation have already been identified, although builders Hitachi and Network Rail have disagreed over whose systems are responsible for interfering with signals and axle counters on the East Coast route.

While efforts to solve this problem continue, the Office of Rail and Road has identified another safety risk, which it says is posed by the electrical cable connectors between the cars.

The ORR told Railnews that these could be climbed upon, and confirmed that further East Coast authorisations have been ‘paused’, although a number of Hitachi Class 800 and Class 802 sets are already running on Great Western. December launch for ECML Azumas now ‘challenging’ | Railnews | Today’s news for Tomorrow’s railway

 

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