UK Trains Have Hit a New Punctuality Low

By Gary Cutlack on at

Transport regulator the Office of Rail and Road has released its latest batch of stats on the UK's ability to get people to places, revealing that train punctuality is at the lowest in a decade as our rail network continues to slowly morph into a jam-packed mess of sweaty, angry people, stressing about if they've got enough battery to last until home.

The ORR says that slightly more than one in ten of all trains were late in some way during the 12 months up to the end of March, with the release blaming a wide basket of problems -- engineering works, weather, vandalism, trespassers, staff shortages and theft of valuable wiring -- for the slide in network timekeeping.

The regulator also name the 10 worst-performing franchises, with the clunky old Govia Thameslink Railway heading the list of shame in managing to get just 81.5 per cent of its trains running on time. The Virgin Train East Coast line was next rubbish on 85.2 per cent punctuality, with the Caledonian Sleeper overnighter from London to Scotland third bad with only 85 per cent of its services hitting their schedules.


And that's the complete list of shame. [Telegraph]

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