Technical blip hampers path of swift trains

Virgin's tilting trains experienced teething problems during their first day of service this week.

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".

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