London Overground grounds entire Class 378 fleet over safety concerns

2
99
London Overground's fleet of Class 378s was grounded at TfL's New Cross depot because of urgent safety inspections. Photo: Chris Humphreys.
London Overground's fleet of Class 378s was grounded at TfL's New Cross depot because of urgent safety inspections. Photo: Chris Humphreys.

London Overground’s entire Class 378 fleet had to be withdrawn from service this morning after a brake calliper was discovered on the track, causing major disruption for commuters.

Workers found the braking system part during a track inspection near Shoreditch on the night of January 10-11, forcing TfL into action over safety concerns.

The emergency inspections led to a shortage of trains to run Overground services, meaning services stopped from Highbury & Islington to West Croydon, Clapham Junction, Crystal Palace and New Cross Gate.

Services have now resumed following safety checks and TfL has promised to launch an investigation into the incident.

TfL’s director of rail and sponsored services Jonathan Fox said: “During track inspections last night debris on the track was discovered near Shoreditch.

“Safety is our top priority and so we have carried out urgent checks on all trains before allowing them to enter service this morning.”

London Overground is run by Arriva Rail London as a concession.


Read more: Why leasing back old trains to buy new isn’t such a strange idea


 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Does that mean Class 378’s could have more problems since Bombardier have built 57 of them and have extended these trains to 5 carriages. With Class 710’s already being manufactured with 45 to be built for London Overground that will enter service in May. As the Class 710 units will operate on some lines to replace the older units (Class 172, Class 315 and Class 317).

    Gospel Oak-Barking
    Liverpool St-Chingford
    Liverpool St-Cheshunt
    Liverpool St-Enfield Town
    Romford-Upminster
    Euston-Watford Junction

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here