Rail network punctuality at worst level in a decade

13 May 2016
Rail punctuality worst

Brace yourself for some news that is going to shock you to your core - punctuality on Britain's railways has sunk to the worst level it has been at in nearly a decade.

This is according to official figures, which show that over one in every ten trains (precisely, 10.9%) didn't get to its destination on time in the 12 months up to the end of March.

The Office of Rail and Road say that this is the worst performance since 2006-07. Seeing as trains only fail these punctuality measures if they're 10 minutes late for a long journey, and 5 minutes late on commuter services, that means we've got a lot of properly tardy trains.

The worst performing services are through Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), who run Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express trains.

They were followed by Virgin Trains East Coast and the Caledonian Sleeper (which sounds more like a wrestling move, rather than a train service).

A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, who represent train operators and Network Rail, said: "While almost nine out 10 passenger trains still arrive within five or 10 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, a measure defined by Government, too often customers' journeys are delayed."

"Our challenge is that the railway is used more intensively than almost any other in Europe, and the number of trains run has risen by 28% in 17 years, while the size of the network has hardly changed."

If you want to claim compensation for a late train, we've got a guide you can use.

TOPICS:   UK News   Travel

1 comment

  • Alan H.

    Try the 426 from Truro to Penzance...unluckiest train around I'd say..the one before it,fine. The one after it, fine. That one though....

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