LNER has told passengers ‘Do not travel’ – as multiple services on the East Coast Main Line are cancelled or severely delayed today (Saturday).
All InterCity trains through York have been cancelled. Bus replacement services are operating out of York to London and Edinburgh.
LNER, which took over Virgin services, said on Twitter: “Due to a problem under investigation, services route wide are subject to delays and cancellations. Please DO NOT TRAVEL, tickets will be valid up to and including Sunday 16th May 2021 (a new reservation MUST be made).”
It has yet to make an official announcement as to the problem under investigation, but it appears to be due to concerns about metal fatigue on its Hitachi 800 Azuma trains.
Great Western Railway is also affected.
This follows the discovery of hairline cracks on its Hitachi 800 trains last month.
Today both LNER and GWR are inspecting all these trains and not allowing them back into service until they are passed as safe, a rail expert told BBC News.
He said there are more than 1,000 locomotives that would need checking across the LNER and GWR fleet so major disruption could continue for some time.
National Rail said today: “A problem under investigation across the LNER route means services are subject to severe delays and cancellations today.
“Customers are advised to not travel on LNER services today.
“You are encouraged to use an alternative mode of transport to complete your journey today.”
Travellers can use their LNER tickets on other services today.
More information and updates on the National Rail website and the LNER website – and LNER on Twitter.