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Ground Sleeper Service Over Brake Failure - Cortes

1 August 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called for the immediate grounding of the new Caledonian Sleeper fleet after reports of a brake failure near Edinburgh Waverley station.

Serco, which operates the Sleeper service between London and Scotland, confirmed that a Northbound Lowlander service into the Scottish capital overran the platform this morning before being stopped at the Abbeyhill Junction in the city.

The company described what happened an ‘operational issue’ which caused widespread disruption to services.

Manuel Cortes said: “Clearly this is an incredibly serious situation which calls for nothing less than the grounding of the entire new Sleeper fleet until we have the full details of the what went wrong.

“No one should be playing fast and loose with faulty brakes on our railways and Serco need to wake up to that fact and act now.

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