How punctual are Britain’s trains? The answer might be a shock!

Aberdeen Station, one of the stations on the First ScotRail network, which has seen punctuality fall this year.
Aberdeen Station, on the First ScotRail network, which has seen punctuality fall this year.
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Network Rail, the firm behind Britain’s railways, yesterday announced that it paid out bonuses of nearly £60m to workers last year, almost half of its maximum payout. The bonuses came despite the fact that the railway operator has been fined more than £53m in the past year for missing punctuality targets by significant margins. The news got us here at Transporting London thinking, and we did some digging into just how late trains in Britain really are. The results might surprise you. Continue reading

What are the odds? Heathrow v Gatwick

I’m not a betting person. But if I was, I’d definitely be looking at the odds in the Heathrow v Gatwick story. Unless you’ve spent the past year under a rock (yeah!) you know everyone is talking about their problems against a third runway at Heathrow, a second runway at Gatwick or nothing at all (ergo, we’ve all been wasting our times!)

Nonetheless, people are putting money behind this great war of the airports. My spidey senses started tickling and I’ve tried to put together some numbers. This author does not favour any particular odds and advises caution.

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Heathrow V Gatwick in 4 graphs

Running an airport is big business. Millions of travelers pass through London every year.

Connecting traffic accounts for one third of passengers at Heathrow. At Gatwick, this number stands at less than 10%.

70% of passengers using Gatwick originate from within the UK, and 40% passengers using Heathrow are Britons.

Where do they go? What airlines do they prefer. Here are four charts from 2014 that tell us this. anna.aero crunched some numbers for us.

  • Top 15 airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats where British Airways dominates the flight path

Top 15 Airlines at Heathrow by passenger seats (millions)

 British Airways most popular with Heathrow passengers

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London Tube Trivia: Did you know?

For a new-ish Londoner like me, travelling in the old City has its ups and downs. While the red bus is Iconic, it is the underground system that is the beating heart of London.

The London Tube system has been around for a hundred and fifty years. Don’t we all hear the trains creaking on sharp turns? Haven’t we all lamented over the catacomb-like tunnels?

Here’s a few things I found interesting: Continue reading