Two technical difficulties occurred along the West Coast Main Line, where 36 Pendolinos entered service after last week's successful trials (Planning, 24 September, p1).
On Monday morning a London-bound train from Holyhead was brought to a stop, forcing passengers to continue on a diesel train to Chester to meet a connection to Crewe before being linked up to another service to the capital.
Elsewhere, a service from Glasgow to London stopped after only 45km due to "probable wheel flattening". It continued on to Carlisle and eventually arrived in the capital two hours late. A Virgin spokesman stressed that "81 per cent of trains ran within charter performance".