Trains in General Hit Lowest Performance Levels in 20 Years

By Gary Cutlack on at

Stats charting the lateness and reliability-ness of the UK rail network show it hit a shameful milestone this summer, with the overall reliability of the nationwide train system hitting a 20-year low.

Obviously there were some monumental cock-ups that'll soon be featured in the 17 Most Monumental Cock-Ups of 2018 list feature everyone's currently writing, what with the timetabling shambles axing huge chunks of rail service across the north of the country, while the south sweated through a summer of patchy strikes and shabby maintenance works. Overall punctuality across the nation was down 2.5 per cent on the previous year's numbers, with only 85.9 per cent of services running on time -- and TransPennine Express recording the largest drop with a 10.8 per cent year-on-year fall in punctuality.

Rail watchdog the Office of Rail and Road said the Northern franchise unsurprisingly hit an all-time low for punctuality and reliability seeing as it literally broke everything to do with all of the trains running under its glassy Victorian wings, while other regional franchise holders like Great Western, Chiltern, East Midlands Trains and Virgin's LNER all generated the worst numbers in a decade. [ORR [PDF] via Guardian]