Long-route rail punctuality at its worst for eight years

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Long-distance train punctuality is at its worst since 2004/05, according to figures.

A total of 54.8 per cent of trains on long-distance routes arrived within 59 seconds of their scheduled time in the 12 months ending June 22, Network Rail (NR) figures show.

This was the worst performance for this particular 12-month period since 2004/05 when the long-distance figure was 52.3 per cent.

Long-distance punctuality was 59.7 per cent in 2011/12, 61.1 in 2010/11 and 65.8 in 2009/10.

Based on the 59-second measurement, the overall national figure for trains on time in the 12 month period ending on June 22 this year was 68.1 per cent.

West Coast main line operator Virgin Trains, which has suffered overhead wire and track problems not of its own making, only managed to run 48.4 per cent of trains on time, while CrossCountry whose route covers all of Britain except the London area, only achieved a figure of 46.2 per cent.

The 59-second measure is known as the “right-time” figure.