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

Britain’s least trustworthy train gets a solution to its problems

Credit: Tom Walker
Credit: Tom Walker (CC by SA 2.0)

Britain’s most unreliable train. You may have heard about it last year. The 7.29am service from Brighton into London Victoria, scheduled to arrive in the capital at 8.35am hit headlines in 2014 after what you might call punctuality problems. The service, operated by Southern Trains failed to arrive into Victoria on time at all for an entire year. You read that right; for a whole 365 days the 7.29 from Brighton didn’t arrive at the right time once. Continue reading

Chaos on London’s railways: Twitter reacts

Overcrowding at London Bridge. Credit: Twitter - @BlowersSon
Overcrowding at London Bridge. Credit: Twitter – @BlowersSon

If you live in London and haven’t been hiding under an oh-so clichéd rock for the past few months, you’ll have noticed that there’s been a little bit of trouble with the capital’s railway network recently. Two of the city’s biggest and busiest stations have been at the heart of the chaos – London Bridge and Waterloo, whilst King’s Cross and Clapham Junction have also seen huge problems. Continue reading