Not the best start for the launch of the UK's new fleet of high-speed trains, made in the United Kingdom by Hitachi, which promise to cut journey times, increase the number of seats and services, and be more comfortable.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling, who was on the first service, said the new trains will be "transformational" for people from Bristol.
The Government has ordered 122 of the Hitachi trains - which have a top speed of 148mph - in a £5.7billion deal with the Japanese manufacturer, which also makes the world-famous bullet trains.
The £82 million manufacturing facility has created more than 700 new direct jobs and more at depots across the routes, as well as supporting the United Kingdom supply chain. Nine years of hard work has gone into the development of the new train, from creating a brand new factory and workforce. And more than 70% of the parts sourced for building the trains at the facility come from United Kingdom suppliers.
"We've delivered pioneering 21st century trains for passengers to enjoy and sparked a manufacturing renaissance in the North East".
The 10-carriage service has 24 per cent more seating capacity than its predecessor, the High Speed Train, and will boast 40 per cent more seats.
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There are three powertrain and chassis modes to switch between comfortable cruising and mountain road darting. The existing DB11 coupe is certainly the starting point, or at least its new bonded aluminum structure.
Hitachi Rail Europe managing director Karen Boswell said she was "very sorry" that the train had been hit by technical issues.
THE first of the new electric trains which will run between South Wales and London made it's first scheduled stop at Newport today.
The Department for Transport says the new trains will cut journey times, increase the number of seats and services, and be more comfortable.
It has spent £160m on two "state-of-the-art" depots in London and Bristol.
The Hitachi 800 engine will be faster and carry more passengers and will run on GWR for the next 27 years. "Over the next year we will continue to expand the operation of these new trains, including the introduction of another fleet specific to Devon and Cornwall".