DISRUPTION to train services between London and Somerset is expected to continue tomorrow (May 9) and into next week.

A number of Class 800 series Hitachi trains in use by several train companies have been withdrawn from service for precautionary safety checks.

And as a result, long distance trains services have been cancelled.

The disruption was originally set to last until the end of today (May 8), but Great Western Railway (GWR) have announced the cancellations will last longer - and possibly into next week.

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A spokesperson for GWR said: "The problem continues to be investigated by Hitachi and once trains have been checked and cleared, we hope to be able to release them back into service as soon as possible.

"A further update will be provided in due course.

"Train timetables are presently being worked on and will be published as soon as possible.

"While local services are running, we expect them to be very busy. Rail replacement services are extremely limited.

"Customers are advised not to travel on Sunday, May 9 and refunds will be provided."

Routes that are affected include:

  • London Paddington - Swindon - Bath Spa - Bristol Temple Meads
  • London Paddington - Swindon - Bristol Parkway - Newport - Cardiff Central - Swansea
  • London Paddington - Reading - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Plymouth - Penzance
  • London Paddington - Reading - Oxford - Evesham - Worcester - Great Malvern - Hereford
  • London Paddington - Reading - Swindon - Gloucester - Cheltenham Spa