Transpennine Express has suffered another setback with the discovery of body cracks on some of its Mk 5a Nova 3 locomotive-hauled coaches.
These are currently used on the York to Malton and Scarborough line and some have had to be taken out of service as a result.
More regular inspections are now being carried out on vehicles, after abnormalities were found on a train set in June
Paul Staples, Fleet, Safety and Service Delivery Director, told YorkMix“Following routine inspections of our carriages, a small number of cracks were discovered on two sets: of carriages used as part of our Nova 3 trains.
“Those carriages have been taken out of service – alongside two other sets which were found to have potential faults.
“We do not compromise on the health and safety of our customers and colleagues and the faults have not posed a safety risk. We continue to carry out rigorous checks of all of our trains to ensure they are fit for public service.
“We are now working with the train manufacturer to investigate the issue, understand the cause and seek lasting solutions to the problem.
“In the meantime, we may need to make short-notice changes to services on the Scarborough to York/Manchester Piccadilly route – where these trains operate – and advise our customers to check carefully before travel.”
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